Law enforcement in Arizona is investigating several cases where parents have allegedly bought manipulated packets of baby food that had been emptied and filled with baking powder.
Madeline Roque told Phoenix last month that her nine-month-old daughter, Adeline, fell ill after consuming the contents of a pack of baby food purchased from Walmart. She said she fed her daughter with three bottles before realizing that something was wrong. She said her daughter cried, vomited and dumped a lot of gas.
FAMILY BABY TREATED IN HOSPITAL WITH A BOTTLE OF FORMULA GETS $ 18G. She gets grumpy, "Roque told the station." By the fourth bottle, I realized something was definitely wrong. The color was different, the texture was different, so I just knew it was not milk. "
Roque said she then left it to bottle and noticed the mixture separately ̵
"And when I poured the bottle into the sink, I saw how it came, then it hit me," said Roque, "I saw how it has clumped up and I'm like oh my god, my daughter's stomach is the same or worse. "
" They do not know that they're allergic when their throat has closed because of a gluten reaction. " said. Roque said she reported the Walmart incident. Walmart told KPNX that it is against the business policy to put returned recipe packages back on the shelves, but the deal will examine Roque's claim.
Last month, a couple from Arizona was arrested after allegedly stealing a baby food theft ring that earned nearly half a million dollars, according to a new report from the WCNC investigation team. In 2017, another woman from Arizona was arrested for allegedly bringing spoiled baby food back to Tucson's two Walmart stores to earn money.
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Jennifer LaPlante, 30, pleaded guilty for child abuse and fraudulent practices in September 2017 after allegedly buying baby food and replacing it with flour and other substances before returning the containers for reimbursement. The authorities said a child had been hospitalized but recovered.
Associated Press has contributed to this report.