Kristina Gibson
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Cobb mom sneaks son’s sippy cup filled with alcohol into theater, cops say

A Cobb County mother filled her son’s sippy cup with “a strong alcoholic beverage,” sneaked it into a local theater and got drunk during a Friday afternoon movie outing with the child, police said.

Kristina Gibson faces misdemeanor reckless conduct and public intoxication charges in connection with the alleged incident, which occurred at the Merchants Walk Stadium Cinemas at 1301 Johnson Ferry Road, according to a warrant obtained by AJC.com.

In the warrant, Cobb police allege Gibson drank the beverage and may have taken a central nervous system depressant while at the theater with her 5-year-old son. She became so intoxicated, she was “unable to walk, talk or care” for the child, whose cries prompted moviegoers to complain to theater employees, police said. Staff stopped Gibson from getting into her car with her son, according to the warrant. 

A theater employee called police after moviegoers notified them about the woman, Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk told AJC.com Wednesday morning.

As an officer tried to zip her purse, Gibson told the official, “I will (expletive) kill you,” according to the warrant. 

But she was not arrested at the scene. Delk said she was instead taken to the hospital for treatment. “She was that drunk,” Delk said.

Once at the hospital, police sought a warrant for her arrest because “she wasn’t a threat at that point any longer,” he said. 

An officer called one of Gibson’s friends to pick up the child from the theater, Delk said.

On Thursday, Gibson was released from the hospital and was booked into the Cobb County Jail. She bonded out for $1,000, according to jail records.

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