Woman charged with attempted murder of infant

An arrest warrant was issued for a woman who allegedly filled an infant’s milk bottle with enough drugs to kill the child last January had it not been for the life-saving efforts of the baby’s grandmother.

Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda, 19, of the 400 block of East Taber Street, was charged Monday in Allen Superior Court with one count of attempted murder, a Level 1 felony, according to court documents.

The incident took place Jan. 10-12, when Rodriguez-Miranda’s brother, his fiancee and their 11-week-old infant came to stay at the residence Rodriguez-Miranda shared with their mother, according to the probable-cause affidavit. The infant’s gender was not revealed in the affidavit.

At about 3 a.m. Jan. 12, the grandmother noticed an alleged text conversation between Rodriguez-Miranda and someone that detailed how much acetaminophen, caffeine and aspirin was needed to kill the infant since 4,000 mg would kill an adult, the affidavit said. The woman said there was a picture of a mortar and pestle with a large quantity of white powder, and she took screen captures of her daughter’s text conversation.

She told authorities she then went to the refrigerator and found two bottles of formula — one of which had residue in the bottom and a greenish ring around the bottle. She also noticed the milk was darker in that bottle as compared to the other bottle. She said she bagged both bottles.

She then took the infant and the infant’s mother to the hospital, explaining the need for the baby to have a medical examination, which revealed the baby was fine. She turned the bottles over to a Department of Child Services worker, who also noticed a substance in one bottle, the affidavit said.

During an interview with police on Jan. 17, the infant’s grandmother turned over the medication bottles, mortar and pestle and signed a consent for police to search her house. She told police her daughter left the state with her boyfriend, allegedly claiming she didn’t want her brother’s family in the house.

Tests also were conducted on the bottled formula, resulting in a deadly mix of drugs equal to nine Excedrin tablets. Indiana State Police Lab technicians positively identified 2,240 mg of acetaminophen in the bottle, when 900 mg would have been toxic to the infant, who weighed just under 10 pounds at the time of the incident. Test results also revealed lethal amounts of caffeine and aspirin, the affidavit said.