Suspicion: Mother poisoned baby bottle with acetone

23-year-old allegedly mixed acetone with pumped milk for her two-week old daughter. Mother denies, police check alternative leads

Police arrested a 23-year-old mother for allegedly mixing acetone in her two-week old daughter's milk bottles.


The woman was arrested following a complaint made by welfare services in her town, near Hadera, after a sharp smell emanating from the bottles was noticed.


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The woman was remanded by an additional five days, during which she will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. However, police sources opined that "on the face of it, the woman seems normative."


The young mother gave birth two weeks ago in Hadera's Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. The baby was a premature birth, and was hospitalized in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.


As part of the treatment, the mother was required to pump milk with which to feed her child. On Sunday, employees at the hospital noticed a sharp smell emanating from the bottles the mother gave the unit. Welfare services, which passed on the complaint, at first suspected the bottles were contaminated with alcohol, but now the police suspect the bottles were mixed with acetone.


In her interrogation, the mother firmly denied the allegations, and claimed she does not even know what acetone is. Police said that all possibilities as to how the toxic material contaminated the bottles are being investigated, and that the suspicions against the mother are currently not conclusive.


Ahiya Raved contributed to this article



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