ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - An Orchard Park mother who is accused of trying to poison her baby is expected back in court. Kimberly Lawton, 36, will face a judge during a felony hearing Tuesday afternoon.
She is charged with attempted assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Police say she put ethanol in the breast milk she fed her infant son.
Orchard Park Police Chief Mark Pacholec said, "I've never seen anything like this in Orchard Park. And having children, you question, number one, why would you do this to anybody, but why your own child?"
Police say the infant was less than a year old when Lawton allegedly poisoned him.
"Ethanol is alcohol in its purest form. It was part of the breast milk sample that they took to the lab. Obviously it's more toxic for a child because you're dealing with a smaller body mass, and depending on the level of concentration, it could be lethal," Chief Pacholec said.
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