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Aunt in alleged plot to kill baby arrested

Accused of putting crushed Excedrin in infant's bottle

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

U.S. marshals have arrested a Fort Wayne woman accused of plotting to kill her 11-week-old niece in January.

Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda, 19, of the 400 block of East Taber Street, was charged Monday with attempted murder in Allen Superior Court.

A U.S. marshals task force arrested her Thursday in Bay City, Michigan, where she awaits extradition to Allen County. Her bond will be $50,000, according to court documents.

Rodriguez-Miranda is accused of crushing nine Excedrin tablets and stirring the powder into a 3.8-fluid-ounce-bottle of breast milk. Her mother thwarted her efforts, court records said.

Rodriguez-Miranda texted her boyfriend that she was angry her mother had allowed her brother, his fiancée and their baby to stay longer at their home, court documents said.

Her boyfriend has not been charged.

About 3 a.m. Jan. 12, her mother found alarming text messages between her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend on a cellphone both she and her daughter used, discussing how many pills it would take to kill the infant and culpability.

“I'm gonna crush up some of these pills since she decided they can stay longer and kill their baby,” Rodriguez-Miranda wrote to him.

“Look up how many mg (milligrams) can kill a baby,” the boyfriend wrote.

“It's 4,000 mg to kill an adult and I have 3,750 mg about to grind up. ... I threw some acetaminophen in there,” Rodriguez-Miranda replied.

Rodriguez-Miranda then said she had “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,” according to court documents.

When Rodriguez-Miranda saw the bottle was gone she wrote “Omg (oh my god) 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.”

Rodriguez-Miranda's mother pulled the bottles after reading the texts and put both bottles filled with breast milk into a plastic baggie. The bottle with the crushed pills had a greenish circle at the bottom and was a different color from the untainted bottle of milk, according to court documents.

Later that morning, Ridriguez-Miranda's mother took the baby and the baby's mother to a hospital to see if the baby had been poisoned, which she had not.

When Rodriguez-Miranda's mother asked her to stay to talk to police, Rodriguez-Miranda fled. It was believed she fled with her boyfriend to Michigan where her boyfriend's father lives, court records said.

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