A woman, who has now fled her home state of Indiana, is accused of trying to kill her baby niece by putting Excedrin in her bottle of breast milk.
Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda, 19, allegedly poisoned the milk in January because she was upset that she had to share her home with her brother’s new family, according to CBS News.
The teen was charged on Monday with attempted murder, and remained at large Thursday. Police believe she ran away to Michigan after learning she was being looked at as a suspect in the murder attempt.
The baby, who was just 11 weeks old at the time of the incident, was not hurt. However, according to court documents, there was enough Excedrin tablets in the milk to kill an adult. Police believe that Rodriguez-Miranda was angry that her brother, his fiancée and their daughter moved in with her and her mother. She was allegedly annoyed that her mother let them stay longer than originally planned.
In January, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mom found shocking text messages on the cell phone that she and Rodriguez-Miranda shared.
"I'm gonna crush up some of these pills since she decided they can stay longer and kill their baby," the Journal Gazette reported.
“I put the stuff in a made bottle in the fridge,” she wrote, according to court records. “Yeah I thought it was funny that I don’t have an ounce of guilt.”
“Why didn’t that baby die dude thats dumb,” another text read, according to the New York Post.
She also told her boyfriend, "I thought it was funny that I don't have an ounce of guilt." CBS affiliate WANE reports that Rodriguez-Miranda even texted her boyfriend a picture of the white powder she allegedly put in the baby bottle. These texts prompted Rodriguez-Miranda's mother to check out the two bottles of breast milk kept in the home's fridge.
One bottle’s milk appeared darker than the other, and it contained a greenish residue gathering at the bottom. Worried, she then took the infant and the infant’s mother to a nearby emergency room. The newborn did not drink any of the poisoned milk and no signs of poisoning were detected in her system. Rodriguez-Miranda's mother took screenshots of the text messages her daugther sent her boyfriend.
[Photo: Allen County Sheriff’s Department]