37-year-old Boise woman charged with felony injury to child

A 37-year-old woman who gave a teenage girl who passed out from drinking too much alcohol an IV instead of calling an ambulance or getting medical help last month is charged with felony injury to child.

Jennifer A. Phippen was booked into the Ada County Jail Friday afternoon on a $300,000 bond.

Phippen is charged with two counts of felony injury to child — one for providing the 14-year-old girl and other teens with alcohol at a party last month and one for not getting the girl the appropriate medical treatment for what Phippen suspected was alcohol poisoning.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 24 at a house in the Amity/Cole roads neighborhood.

The girl was at a birthday party for a teenage boy with several of his friends — including some who admitted to drinking alcohol that night while Phippen was home.

The girl drank several shots of alcohol and eventually lost consciousness.

Phippen gave the girl an IV after some of the teens told her the girl was passed out and had vomited. Phippen gave the girl about 400-to-500 ccs of fluid — instead of calling paramedics, seeking medical treatment for the girl, or calling her parents.

Phippen also put the girl in the shower in an attempt to rouse her.

The girl eventually regained consciousness enough later that morning to walk home.

Ada County prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Phippen Friday and deputies arrested her Friday afternoon without incident.

If Phippen does not post bond, her initial court appearance will be Monday afternoon.

The crime of felony injury to child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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