A dad poisoned a baby born to his mistress because his wife was upset he’d fathered the girl with another woman, cops say.
Jeffrey Thomas, 23, is accused of giving the four month-old antifreeze mixed with formula during a bottle feed last month, leaving the infant violently ill.
He and his wife took the baby to a hospital close to their home in Brainerd, Minn., but the poison had left her in a critical condition, and she was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
There tests showed the little girl had ingested ethylene glycol, which is most commonly found in anti-freeze and de-icer.
According to the Star Tribune, Thomas told cops he did not have any anti-freeze on his home – but during a search they found a jug of it in the basement.
Investigators also discovered traces of ethanol in the formula bottle, a common antidote to antifreeze poisoning.
Thomas also Googled ‘what does antifreeze do to the human body’ six days before the girl was rushed to hospital’, cops say.
He is said to have told them that was because he feared his mom’s cat had been poisoned with antifreeze.
His alleged victim was almost killed by the poison, but has managed to recover and is now in foster care.
Thomas insists he is not the girl’s father, but the baby’s mom insists that he is. A paternity test has been carried out.
Thomas was charged with first-degree attempted murder at Crow Wing County District Court Monday and has been held in the adjoining jail on a $750,000 bond.