Mother accused of endangering child with alcohol appears in court

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jan 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-08 21:20:26-05

OGDEN, Utah – A woman accused of endangering the life of her young daughter by giving her alcohol was in court Wednesday.

Leah Silva, 4, was found in April with a potentially lethal amount of alcohol in her bloodstream, and the girl’s father insists the child’s mother, Raquel Borce, gave the girl alcohol while the child was in her custody.

Leah has cerebral palsy and can’t move or walk on her own. Paul Silva, Leah’s father, spoke about the punishment he believes Borce should face

“Prison,” he said. “I don’t want her to ever see her. I don’t want her to be around her. I want her to spend time thinking about what she did.”

Borce was arrested in June of 2013, and she faces child neglect and endangerment charges. Borce’s attorney said his client didn’t do the things she is accused of doing.

“My client is a very capable individual as a parent, and she cares a great deal about this child,” Attorney Paul Remy said.

Paul Silva currently has full custody of the child. Wednesday’s session was an initial appearance, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place sometime next month.