THE Ballarat police are investigating a case in which it is alleged a boy five and a half years old was found in a state of intoxication. The child was left by his mother with two male acquaintances of hers in the street. The men were drinking beer from bottles, to one of which the child got access.The boy was sent to the hotel for more beer, but the landlady, noticing his dazed condition refused to serve him and reported the matter to the police. The mother appeared to be greatly distressed at the occurrence, but admitted that the child was fond of beer.
– Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tasmania) Saturday 2 October 1909.