Tasha Adams admitted that she decided to drink and then breastfeed her baby, but she never thought she’d be thrown in jail over it. As for the server who called the police on her, Jackie Conners, she certainly never thought she would get fired for doing what she thought was the right thing.
In Tasha’s first interview since the incident, the 28-year-old mother of three told ABC News's 20/20, “I did drink. I did breastfeed. I didn’t know it was illegal. If I knew it was illegal, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Tasha explained that she was with her family — including her 6-month-old daughter, Ana — at the restaurant Gusano’s in Conway, Arkansas, which unlike the family’s town of Toad Suck, isn’t a dry town. They had just attended the funeral of a family friend, and Tasha said she had a total of two beers over the course of an hour-and-a-half dinner.
However Jackie, an off-duty server who stopped by the restaurant for an after-hours meeting, alleges that Tasha was drinking something much stronger than beer. “I watched the bartender make them, looked like Long Islands,” she explained to 20/20. “But regardless if it was that or not, then it was strong liquor that was in those glasses.”
Once Jackie — who is also a mother herself — reported the incident to management, they only said they were about to cut off the increasingly loud table anyway. But that was not enough to satisfy Jackie.
She then reported the incident to the police, and although there is no law on the books regarding breastfeeding and drinking in Arkansas, the officers decided to charge Adams with child endangerment. They did not administer a breathalyzer test.
While Tasha was initially charged with child endangerment, the charges were recently dropped by the deputy city attorney, Chuck Clawson, who said there was not enough evidence to indicate that Adams had enough alcohol to endanger her children, which include a 6, 2, and now 8-month-old Ana.
As for Jackie, she was shortly fired by Gusano’s a week after the incident. “No one else was doing anything,” she told 20/20. “Even if I knew my job was on the line … I would still do it again.”
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Source: ABC News’s 20/20