Florida mom arrested after daughter licks tongue depressor, puts it back


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WTHR) — A Florida mother has been arrested after her daughter licked a tongue depressor at a doctor’s office and put it back in the jar.

The video shows the 10-year-old pulling the tongue depressor out of a jar, licking it, then placing it back.

Cori Ward, 30, told WJXT that she had been waiting a long time and was just being silly.

The video comes amid a disturbing trend in which people are licking items and putting them back.

Ward said she was unaware of the "licking challenge" that's made waves on social media. She said the video doesn't show that the items were thrown away.

"We immediately removed all materials and containers from the specific exam room and re-sanitized our entire facility," a spokesperson for the office told WJXT.

Ward is charged with tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury, a felony.

She is due in court Friday morning.