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Local daycare and parents react to tampered formula

Posted at 6:17 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 21:25:11-04

Many parents in Tucson shocked after Jennifer LaPlante is accused of tampering with baby formula and potentially putting other children in danger. 

Police Chief, Chris Magnus held an emergency presser warning parents that 30-year-old, Jennifer LaPlante tampered with Gerber Good Start soy Formula. Removing the baby formula and filling it with flour and other unknown substances. 

"It's evil," says Emily Wolverton, mother of a 6-month-old baby. "I can see someone taking it away and making the money off of it but to knowingly risk the health of other babies to do that. I'm shocked."

While Wolverton's son doesn't consume the known baby formula that was tampered with -- he still relies on another brand to be fed. 

"I don't think I would know the difference if I was putting in scoops. It's white," says Wolverton. 

The mother says she can't comprehend how any baby formula could be returned because all baby formula is sealed. 

Police say, LaPlante resealed the tampered formula with a glue gun. 

The Storybook Cottage Preschool and Daycare sent out letters to parents.

In the letters they warned parents about what happened and asked them to share in information with friends and family. 

"We put the letters into the pockets of all their sign in and sign out forms so that every parent will know even if they're not parents of babies," said Patricia Stevens, administrator of Storybook Cottage Preschool.  

Stevens says each parent brings in prepared bottles with formula already mixed in but says parents and daycares can never be too vigilant. 

"There are so many ways for things to go wrong very quickly," says Stevens.