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November 8, 2012

arrest made IN poisoning of infant

NEWBURYPORT — A juvenile mother is expected to be arraigned next week after allegedly poisoning the infant son of another juvenile mother, both living at the Dare Family Services home on Low Street, according to police.

The infant boy, less than a year old, was brought to an area hospital Friday where he was tested and then treated and released, according to City Marshal Thomas Howard.

The matter is still under investigation, but it appears the girl slipped a poisonous substance into the baby’s formula sometime earlier in the week. Howard would not comment on the type of poison, saying it may interfere with the state’s case against the girl.

“We’re looking at some possible motives involved with the situation,” Howard said.

The girl, he said, was picked up by Cambridge police Thursday on a previous warrant based on her running away from the Low Street facility. She was then brought to Salem District Court where the warrant was issued. The next day, Newburyport police were called to Dare Family Services and, based on evidence collected at the scene, charged her for the attempted poisoning, according to Howard.

The girl, whom police would not name or give her age, is expected to be arraigned in Newburyport District Court as a juvenile sometime next week.

Dare Family Services, with headquarters in Somerville, finds foster homes for children and offers places for families to stay together. It also runs a residential program for pregnant and parenting teens in Newburyport and manages nine staffed apartments, 16 shared living homes and six supervised independent homes for developmentally disabled adults.

A call to Dare Family Services seeking comment regarding the incident was not returned.

Howard said Dare Family Services has been cooperating with authorities in their investigation.

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