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Reports released in baby formula tampering investigation

Posted at 6:19 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 21:26:34-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) Records from the Tucson Police Department reveal more about what happened to the two-month-old child who officers say was fed tampered baby formula.

Jennifer LaPlante, 30, is facing felony child endangerment and fraud charges in this case.

TPD says LaPlante admitted to taking powdered baby formula and mixing it with other powders like flour, sugar or rice cereal and returned it to the stores. 

Tucson Police held a press conference to warn parents about potentially tainted baby formula.

According to police reports, the child was vomiting and wasn't acting like himself.

On May 5th the mother of the baby told police she bought a can of Gerber soy formula from the Fry's Marketplace near 22nd and Kolb. She then dropped off the child and the formula with her mother, who will often babysit while she is at work. 

The grandmother told investigators the plastic protective wrapping around the lid was easier to remove than normal which she thought was "weird." She took the lid off and saw a paper seal which she removed.    

The child reportedly did not like the bottle, so the woman put him down to sleep. When the boy woke up he drank about one ounce of the formula, didn't drink anymore and began to cry. The boy vomited multiple times and the pediatrician told the grandmother to take the child to the hospital if he continued vomiting and became lethargic.

The child was taken to Tucson Medical Center. Doctors told detectives his condition was not life-threatening. 

Fry's and Walmart locations released statements following the investigation.

According to the Pima County jail website, LaPlante is still behind bars.