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Alaska City Settles Breastfeeding Lawsuit

August 11, 1992

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) _ The city says it will pay two women $2,500 apiece to settle a lawsuit they filed over their arrest on charges of endangering their children by drinking alcohol before breast-feeding.

Doreen Black, 27, and Glennora Polty, 30, were charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment two years ago after neighbors called police. Prosecutors dropped the charges two months later, saying no crime had been committed.

The women sued for wrongful arrest, seeking unspecified damages.

Their lawyer, Myron Angstman, said Monday the city knew it had no legal ground to stand on. He said there was no evidence the alcohol content of their breast milk was dangerous. Alcohol reaches breast milk in reduced levels.

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