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Woman accused of contaminating baby formula takes plea deal

Posted at 12:18 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 19:46:29-04

A woman accused of tampering with baby formula has taken a plea deal.

Jennifer LaPlante pleaded guilty Tuesday to conducting a fraudulent scheme and artifice, a class two felony, and child abuse not involving death or physical injury, a class four felony.

She will be sentenced by judge Casey McGinley in Pima County Superior Court at 9 a.m. Oct. 17.

In May, Tucson police arrested Jennifer LaPlante, who told them she mixed other powders into the baby formula and returned it to stores to get cash.

At least one baby needed hospital treatment when it was served the tainted formula.

She told police that for money, she got powdered infant formula that might cost 20 or 30 dollars, replaced it with other powders like sugar or cheap rice cereal and brought it back for a refund. The alleged scheme is outlined in TPD's interim criminal complaint.


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