Racine police say a 57-year-old woman is facing felony child abuse charges after she blew crack smoke into the face of a teenage boy.

Mary McAllister, of Racine, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of child abuse and second degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted, she faces up to 16 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers on patrol were flagged down at 3:28 p.m. Wednesday for an unresponsive woman. When police located the woman – identified as McAllister – she was in the backseat of a PT Cruiser registered to her and was unresponsive. They managed to revive her a bit to be sure she didn’t have an obstructed airway, and she was transported to the hospital after rescue arrived on scene.

Officers say a teenage boy was also in the emergency room, and he told them that McAllister had been partying around her car with other adults. The group was drinking and smoking drugs, including marijuana and crack. McAllister broke away from her friends several times and blew smoke into the boy’s face. He told officers he remembered being at home when Racine Fire rescue responded and brought him to the hospital.

McAllister was questioned at the hospital, the complaint reads, and she admitted to blowing smoke in the boy’s face but that it was all in fun and part of her birthday celebration. She also agreed to a legal blood draw, but the results were not available by the time McAllister was booked into Racine County Jail on child abuse charges where she remains on a $5,000 cash bond.

McAllister will next be in court July 27 for her preliminary hearing. Her daughter was placed with a relative.

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