A 19-year-old girl from Indiana has admitted to attempting to kill her 11-week-old niece by poisoning her breast milk. Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty this week and will be sentenced for attempted murder come May.
"I poisoned a baby bottle with a lethal dose of acetaminophen," she told Allen Superior Court Magistrate Samuel Keirns in court, The Journal Gazette reported.
Last year, she allegedly laced the milk with Excedrin because she was upset that she had to share her home with her brother’s new family, according to CBS News. Police believe that Rodriguez-Miranda was angry that her brother, his fiancée and their daughter (the target) moved in with her and her mother. They had stayed longer than originally planned.
Police believe she ran away to Michigan after learning she was being looked at as a suspect in the murder attempt. The baby was not hurt. However, there were enough Excedrin tablets in the milk to kill an adult.
Rodriguez-Miranda reportedly texted about her plans and she didn’t seem to be stealth about it. Her 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 teen wrote, according to the Journal Gazette.
“I put the stuff in a made bottle in the fridge. Yeah 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. Rodriguez-Miranda's mother shared a cell phone with her daughter and saw the texts, prompting her to check out the two bottles of breast milk kept in the home's fridge. The texts likely saved the baby’s life.
“Why didn’t that baby die dude thats dumb,” another text read, according to the New York Post.
She could face over 25 years behind bars, The Journal Gazette reported. In court, the teen explained that she is on medication for depression.
[Photo: Allen County Sheriff’s Department]
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