SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 7, 2012

Woman accused of poisoning infant

By Dave Rogers Staff Writer
The Salem News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — A juvenile mother is expected to be arraigned next week after allegedly poisoning the infant son of another juvenile mother, both living at the Dare Family Services home on Low Street, according to police.

The boy, less than a year old, was brought Friday to an area hospital, where he was tested and then treated and released, according to City Marshal Thomas Howard.

The matter is still under investigation, but it appears the girl slipped a poisonous substance into the baby’s formula sometime earlier in the week. Howard would not comment on the type of poison, saying it may interfere with the state’s case against the girl.

“We’re looking at some possible motives involved with the situation,” Howard said.

The girl, he said, was picked up by Cambridge police last Thursday on a previous warrant based on her running away from the Low Street facility. She was then brought to Salem District Court, where the warrant was issued. The next day, Newburyport police were called to Dare Family Services and, based on evidence collected at the scene, charged her for the attempted poisoning, according to Howard.

The girl, whom police would not name or give her age, is expected to be arraigned in Newburyport District Court as a juvenile sometime next week.