Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda didn’t want her brother and his family living in her house. So she tried to poison her newborn niece.Allen County Sheriff’s Department
As WANE News reports, the 19-year-old from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was angry that her mother had allowed her brother, his fiancée, and their 11-week-old daughter to stay at their home. So she hatched a plan to poison the baby’s bottle using ground-up pills.
According to The Journal-Gazette, Rodriguez-Miranda confided her plan to her boyfriend and sent him updates as she put it into action. Court documents reveal a chilling series of texts allegedly sent from Rodriguez-Miranda on January 12:
“I’m gonna crush up some of these pills since she decided they can stay longer and kill their baby.”
The teen also sent a photo of the mortar and pestle. Another text stated:
“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.”
Later, she sent another update, expressing her happiness that the bottle she thought she’d tampered with was gone:
“OMG I forgot to tell you, the bottle is gone … I know I’m so excited dude. I’m glad it didn’t happen while I was here.”
According to People magazine, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother discovered the texts on the cell phone late that night — hours after the teen had poisoned the bottles. When the concerned grandmother looked in the refrigerator, she noticed two bottles of breast milk that appeared to have been tampered with.
One of the bottles looked darker than the others, while another bottle contained some kind of residue at the bottom.
Though the baby’s mother later told police that she hadn’t give her daughter any of the tainted milk, the family took the infant to the hospital. Fortunately, the child had no signs of poisoning.
The tainted bottles and the mortar and pestle were given to the police. Tests found traces of caffeine, aspirin, and acetaminophen. A forensic toxicologist reported that the bottles contained the equivalent of nine crushed Excedrin capsules — a fatal dose for a full-grown adult.
When her niece didn’t die from the poisoned breast milk, Rodriguez-Miranda texted her boyfriend again. She allegedly expressed her frustration and impatience to be rid of her newborn niece:
“Why didn’t that baby die dude. I hope she dies. I don’t feel bad about it [because] she was destined to grow up [expletive] or be abused. I’d never be suspect I know but I hope it works.”
When Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother told her the police were coming to speak to her, the teen fled. Authorities believe Rodriguez-Miranda may be in Michigan with her boyfriend. Though she is still at large, Rodriguez-Miranda has been charged with attempted murder. Authorities have issued a warrant for her arrest, and her bond is set at $50,000.