Felony Charge Against Lewiston Woman Stems From Hospital Incident
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Lewiston woman has been charged with a felony count of child endangerment involving her infant son. The charge against 25-year-old Megan Kafer was filed in Ramsey County, where the nine-month-old baby was being treated at Children's Hospital in St. Paul this past summer because of his inability to gain weight.
According to the St. Pioneer Press, the hospital staff was suspicious of Kafer and placed a surveillance camera in the child's room. It captured video of the woman using a syringe to inject a substance into the baby's feeding tube. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tested the syringe and later determined it contained a laxative.
The criminal complaint also says investigators searched Kafer's smartphone and found the device had been used to conduct Internet searches about laxative overdoses and inquiries on how to make a baby ill. Prosecutors contend the infant's health problems due to low weight were the result of "inflicted starvation."
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