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'Bleach' bottle drink: Woman given hospital order

A woman who gave a toddler a bottle believed to contain bleach has been given a hospital order by Woolwich Crown Court.

Elaine Joyner, 53, of Vaughan Williams Close, Deptford, south-east London, was charged with administering poison or a noxious substance to endanger life.

Judge Andrew Lees ruled she was unfit to plead in the case.

She was given a section 41 hospital order which will put her in the care of mental health professionals.

An 11-month-old boy was with his mother and grandmother in McDonald's on Eltham High Street, south-east London, when the incident happened on 13 September.

The boy swallowed some of the contents of the bottle before vomiting and being taken to hospital.

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