A GIRL of nine found drunk on spirits is thought to have been the youngest person to have taken part in the NekNomination drinking craze, it has emerged.
Rhiannon Scully was taken to hospital after drinking a cocktail of vodka and whisky after her friends had seen others doing it on Facebook.
The Northern Echo reported on Monday how the girl required medical treatment after downing vodka with two friends.
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She rode home "all over the place" on her electric scooter, still in her school uniform and was found by her horrified mother, who called an ambulance.
Miss Scully, from Leadgate, Consett, County Durham, had to have her stomach pumped and was monitored overnight in hospital.
It is thought the drinking dare was filmed on a mobile but deleted soon after.
The alcohol was taken from a cupboard at her friend’s house without the knowledge of any parent.
Speaking to a national newspaper, her mother Michelle Scully, 32, said she found her daughter with her ‘eyes rolling into the back of her head’.
She said: "When I saw her I was raging, I was upset and angry. I was also scared because we didn’t know what would happen at this point.
"I saw her in her uniform with two other friends. I ran to her, she was falling over and she didn’t know where she was. She could have been run over, she was riding her scooter at the time."
The mother said she and her husband Paul, 39, believed Rhiannon had drunk vodka and whisky mixed together with orange juice after being encouraged by her two friends, also aged nine.
She said doctors think she had drunk around half a pint of the concoction.
Mrs Scully added: “Even a fully grown adult would hesitate to mix vodka and whisky. She was being sick in the bathroom before the paramedics got there.
‘We found out in the ambulance that it was a NekNomination.
“Rhiannon said 'them stupid NekNominations'."
Police were called by paramedics and questioned both Rhiannon’s family and her friends’ families about the incident but decided no action was required.
NekNominate is thought to have started in January in Australia, and spread worldwide.
The craze - linked to a number of deaths across the UKy - sees participants complete a drinking dare before nominating someone else to join in.
People then upload videos of themselves on Facebook and other social media sites.