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Grand Forks mother in drunken breast-feeding case arrested yet again
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GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks mother who pleaded guilty in a case of breastfeeding while drunk has been arrested again, making it two times that she's been locked up since her sentencing Friday on a child-neglect charge.


Deputies picked up Stacey Anvarinia on Tuesday on a warrant that stemmed from her run-in with Grand Forks police Friday night, just hours after her sentencing.

Officers arrested her that night after receiving a complaint that she had slashed the tire of a pickup in the parking lot of her apartment building. She was booked for criminal mischief and released from jail Saturday after posting bail.

Tuesday, prosecutor Carmell Mattison filed charges of criminal mischief and preventing arrest against Anvarinia. Deputies arrested her on the preventing arrest warrant Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Forks County Office Building. She had gone there to visit her child through the county social services department, Maj. Mike Fonder said.

She was being held on $2,500 bail, said Sgt. Keone Feliciano at the jail.

Anvarinia, 26, was arrested in February after police reported seeing her breast-feed her 6-week-old child while intoxicated and handling the infant roughly. The odd case caught international media attention.

Friday, a state District Court judge allowed Anvarinia to serve at least part of a six-month sentence in a substance-abuse treatment facility, but she must complete the program to get credit for time served. She was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

Anvarinia is scheduled to appear in court on the criminal mischief charge on Aug. 21. She may make a court appearance on the preventing arrest charge Wednesday afternoon if she does not bail out of jail beforehand, Feliciano said.

Both charges are Class A misdemeanors punishable with up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

A message left for Anvarinia's court-appointed attorney was not returned Tuesday.