Tucson woman pleads not guilty in baby formula case

Updated: Jun. 2, 2017 at 2:38 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson woman accused of tampering with and returning baby formula pleaded not guilty on Friday, June 2.

Jennifer Laplante, 30, was arrested in early May and booked into the Pima County Jail. She was arraigned on four counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices and one count each of child abuse, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Tucson Police Department said Laplante purchased baby formula, removed the product and replaced it with flour and other substances before returning it to the stores for refunds.

She is being held on a $50,000 bond.

One child had to be treated at the hospital after digesting the tainted formula. The child was released May 5 and is in good condition, according to the Associated Press.

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