An Arizona woman has been accused of switching baby formula for flour in a “patterned series of crimes” across a number of supermarkets in her local area.
Tucson Police arrested Jennifer LaPlante, 30, last Thursday after learning she had been purchasing formula, removing it from its containers and replacing it with “flour and other various contents” before resealing the containers and returning them to claim a refund, they said.
“We’re concerned about this and wanted to get the information out as quickly as possible to avoid any other children from becoming sick,” Police Chief Chris Magnus told reporters in an unusual late-night press conference after LaPlante was caught.
One child was been made sick by the dodgy formula but was released from hospital and “did not have life-threatening injuries”, according to a Facebook post from the Police department.
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Police said LaPlante was motivated by money and bought or stole the formula over a number of days and possibly months.