Video surfaced online showing Ward's daughter at All About Kids and Families Medical Center. She appears to then lick the depressor and places it back in a canister on the shelf.
"Why do it and record it?"
Ward posted the clip to Snapchat with the caption: "Don't tell me how to live my life".
The mum-of-five said she has since received death threats from people who believe she's participating in social media's "licking challenge" which she said she knew nothing about. It was later taken down.
According to Actions News Jax, Ward responded to social media criticism by saying it wasn't a choreographed prank, let alone anything motivated by a social media fad.
'I posted this on my personal Snapchat with my 20-something friends, where someone allowed another person to video it.
"I didn't know there was a 'licking challenge, '" Ward wrote.
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In a statement to the station, officials at the medical center said they "immediately removed all materials and containers" from the examination room and sanitized the entire facility.
Now Cori E. Ward, 30, of Jacksonville, is facing a felony charge of tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury, NBC News reports. She is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.
"It was a joke with no criminal intent or activity ... but I was locked up with murderers and real criminals on maxim security", said Martin in an interview with the news outlet, which showed him smiling and holding the ice cream.
"Our internal investigation does not reveal any risks or harm to patients", the clinic said in a statement.
A man from Louisiana was arrested recently after he was videotaped when he was licking ice cream in the grocery store before putting it back in the fridge. The hospital confirmed that the video depicts her room for inspection.
The incident comes amid a rash of similar cases that have gone viral on social media.
"I'm sorry for anyone that it's offended. It should have never been taken this far", she added.