Jennifer LaPlante

A Tucson, AZ woman is under arrest for tampering with baby formula products from at least 4 area stores over the past several months.

Jennifer LaPlante, 30, allegedly purchased and/or stole baby formula products from stores, including Walmart and Fry’s.

Police say she replaced the package contents with substances including flour, resealed the packages and returned the products to at least 4 stores for refunds.

There could be tainted baby formula products at other stores, police say. She may not have acted alone and more arrests are expected.

The brand Gerber Good Start Soy powdered formula is one of the products believed to be tampered with.

Gerber baby formula

Baby formula products in all Tucson area stores should be considered dangerous, the Tucson chief of police said Thursday.

Police say parents who purchased baby formula should inspect the packages carefully for signs of tampering.

Suspicious packages can be dropped off at Tucson Police Evidence facility at 945 East Ohio Street.

Both Walmart and Fry’s hastily issued statements Friday assuring consumers that baby product returns are not put back on shelves.

Walmart’s statement reads in part, “we have policies in place to help ensure that returned baby formula is not put back on our shelves.”

And Fry’s stated its “policy regarding baby formula returns includes noting the product as not for resale and disposing of it.”

But despite the assurances, at least one woman claimed her infant was sickened by baby formula. The child was treated and released from a hospital on Friday.





  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Smh the things people do nowadays should not be shocking but still…smh

  • Carrington

    The sad part about this is that I don’t believe the intent was to harm a child… but to “milk” the system”… she likely got free milk in exchange for flour – but did it not dawn on this dumb broad that someone else feeding their baby FLOUR water could do damage to that child. She should get 30 years for stupidity. #LockHerUp #AndHimToo

  • Kanyade

    First, how dreadful. Second, is baby formula, “that” expensive? valuable? Was she doing this for the money or just to be mean and hurt innocent babies? Que paso, chica?

  • brooklyn23

    Uhm moral of story “breastfeed”

  • brooklyn23

    True
    And you look handsome. Btw

  • Carrington

    I mean… I can admit that, back in my youth, I would keep the bags that my comforters came in, and then after about 6 or 7 months of enjoying it, get tired of it and fold it back up, zip the bag, and take it back to Montgomery Ward and exchange it for a different one… but I was young – and gawd forgives.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    do you know how much formula is? do you know I would probably whoop somebody DIZZOWN to get home and realize I just copped $40 worth of flour? and I got a screaming hungry baby?

  • SuperScooper1

    Firstly, I want EVERYONE to take the gloves off and go in on her like they would if it was “Quita” or someone of color.

    Secondly, Walmart is horrible for allegedly reselling returned product. Especially something as sensitive as baby formula.

    Thirdly: Formula should only be used if you have to use it. I’m so tired of agencies keeping new mothers dependent on their system when with rest and proper nutrition women can nurse and give their babies the best food for them: Breast milk.

  • Please Stop The Madness

    that can up top is about $20. its rare to buy just one. normally its cheaper with manf. coupons to buy in bulk. per week it adds up.

  • imright

    isnt their a tin seal on the formula ?? how did she return it ?! ??

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Yes they can be expensive, especially if you’re buying it all the time. A friend of mines child could only drink one type of formula because of some allergy issue she had. I forgot, but she couldn’t buy the formula on her own because it was so expensive and her insurance would not cover it. She set up a gofund me and she was able to get the formula she needed.

  • Rayne

    I would breastfeed cause ion know what kind of “nutrients” is in that stuff. Wow this broad wanna hurt babies tho. It’s sickness I tell ya!

  • Tammie Reed

    ….again not EVERYONE can breast feed or pump lol. I have two kids and I just couldn’t breast feed each time as hard as tried. I didnt product enough milk. I wanted to do what I thought was natural but it didn’t work out for me. Not everyone’s body is the same.

    I was just talking to my dear friend who just delivered a healthy baby boy a few weeks ago. She still looks pretty pregnant and had a 9lb baby. I left the hospital both times with jeans on and zipped all the way up. My stomach was flat when I left the hospital. She remembered that and thought it was amazing. She was wondering why weeks later she still has a big tummy. My point is, everyone is different, so you can’t expect the same results. xoxo

  • Please Stop The Madness

    tired of the breastfeeding vigilantes already. they feel as if they are doctors, medical professionals, etc and dont know everyone’s medical history. no. everyone cannot breastfeed

  • Renee26

    I hope they’re not really putting returned baby items back on the shelf because that would be wild…I feel some type of way about food returns in general but especially protective of the babies

  • Renee26

    It reads more like she was trying to steal the formula for herself with a total disregard for other peoples babies…If she couldn’t afford to feed her baby she should have gotten on government assistance (WIC)

  • Renee26

    Yes…I wonder if she glued it back down

  • Lisa daniels

    Damn, this ho look straight out of a lifetime movie.

  • Renee26

    LMAO I’m surprised they took it back

  • SuperScooper1

    Nobody was coming for you or women who can’t breastfeed. All I’m saying is that you can make your OWN formula like women did for centuries using things around the house. Families don’t need to be dependent on “Formula” and the companies who manufacture it. And yes, thanks for the comment. Everyone is different.

  • Renee26

    Right…throw her dumb ass under the jail

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    If these people can be so clever and ingenious why cant they just work a regular job and take care of their bills that way, instead of risking their freedom over a scam that makes them, what, a couple of hundred bucks maybe? Just dumb.

  • Lisa daniels

    Scamming is a way of life just ask Joanne

  • Tammie Reed

    You were talking about not depending on the system and to just breastfeed, I didnt see you say make your own formula at all in your initial comment or I wouldn’t have said a thing. Noone said you was coming for me dear!

    You said….”I’m so tired of agencies keeping new mothers dependent on their system when with rest and proper nutrition women can nurse and give their babies the best food for them: Breast milk”.

  • Diva4lyfe

    This is true and I feel some don’t want to work because they feel its too dang hard. They work my everlasting nerves always trying to do slick ish. Ignorant man, I am glad they don’t put them back on the shelf for the next person and child to suffer and get sick.

  • Tammie Reed

    Hollering!

  • brooklyn23

    Certain foods they shouldn’t allow to be returned , especially baby/toddler foods.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Walmart’s statement reads in part, “we have policies in place to help ensure that returned baby formula is not put back on our shelves.”
    ———————
    Walmart puts any/everything back on the shelves. So I wouldn’t be surprised if this is just to cover themselves in lawsuit

  • brooklyn23

    My sentiments exactly. Maybe thats why they became suspicious because it visibly seen that it was tampered with

  • Renee26

    Straight out the meth clinic

  • brooklyn23

    Dont how long ago you had your kids (if Google existed back then) but if it did you should’ve Googled which foods to eat to help you produce more milk. Oh well too late now

  • Tammie Reed

    LOL, that was funny but Google was around geesh! Anyway, I think it had something to do with my milk glands, after a few tries, they gave up too. The nurses never really explained but they was kicking me out in a few days anyway, I had my kids in 97 & 99.

  • Lisa daniels

    That too.

  • Kimberly Vontrese

    These are the type of #Kweens Black Men glorify over Black Women. Stay Woke.

  • Calikush

    ?Mmmm…… I thought Fry’s sold electronics?! Well, out here in L.A. they do…… never knew they sold baby formula! And Wal-mart can miss me talking about we don’t put stuff that’s been returned back on the shelves……… they lyin!!!

  • SuperScooper1

    Breast milk isn’t best? If at all possible?

    That said, I didn’t articulate my point clearly and that’s on me. I will say that how people feed their children is their business, BUT the Formula industry is just that: An industry. Making your own formula works and has worked for generations. People use to pass along that knowledge. If God forbid there was an huge catastrophic event tomorrow many babies would starve because their parents are dependent on formula and that’s a problem.

  • brooklyn23

    I do know if I was able to do it all over again, I wouldve breastfed all 3 of my baby girl’s. I know I tried with the middle one (use the breast pump and all) but I gave up (naughty me)…Then with my youngest she wouldn’t latch on when we were in the hospital , so I figured she aint about that life and I gave up. But it is the healthiest route to go tho , too bad?

  • Justlooknout

    Happy Late Tammie and All Mamas

    Meanwhile your friend prolly breastfeeding like a “cow”

    I am the same, I could NOT breast feed only enough for 1 or two bottles a day, and it still didn’t have enough fat in my milk, and we had to use formula that cost 30 per can that 20 years ago. Everybody ain’t able to feed with their own milk.

    Some time breast feeding moms try and shame non breast feeders without knowing all the facts. Not saying that about the poster over, but some do.

    I had a cloth diaper service and folks thought I was crazy. I wanted to do everything my mother did.

  • Justlooknout

    Don’t feel bad, you loved them just the same. Happy Mothers Day

  • klwbaby

    I hope they lock this meth, pill popping broad up for a long time.

  • Justlooknout

    I deplore Wallyworld. I wrote them about their horrible customer service, they responded with thanks. NO apologies or anything. Additionally in my email, I commented that at one particular store how you must show a receipt but in another part of town it’s not required. THEY were not happy.

  • Justlooknout

    Hope she gets prison/jail justice. Sick money hungry greedy bytch.

  • Prettybootnikki

    Hi. Frys is like Kroger. I use to live there and if I’m recalling correctly, it’s a grocery store chain like Krogers

  • Tammie Reed

    I never tried the diaper service but I wanted to but never got around to it. What was so crazy about having that? I would have loved to have that lol.

  • the guest

    Drugs sure do make for the most unthinkable and evil schemes. She’s a real POS to risk the health and lives of infants to get money. Unreal.

    She should be charged with attempted murder if even one baby got sick because she had no regard for their life.

  • Tammie Reed

    Thats new to me, didn’t know there was a recipe for breastmilk lol. Who knew! Well, I’m not having anymore anyway so oh well lol!

  • Faithz

    Another Sicko, let loose on planet earth, lock her
    up and throw away the key!!

  • Faithz

    So many Sicko’s running around trying
    to hurt Others because of their short coming.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Damn!! Truly she has a drug addled brain!!! She’ll harm innocent babies just for a few dollars… I hope she gets 10+ years in the slammer for this…

  • Faithz

    Just like them to do, There are so many of the older heads
    who has passed on, and their children, and grand children are running the business, and they don’t give a shhat about nothing but the money.

  • Rayne

    Yea obviously

  • Faithz

    She look like someone from “Tales Of The Crypt”
    Just like that Kellyann who work for Dump….

  • Faithz

    Look like she’s in her straight jacket, they need to keep
    her in that Jacket tor the rest of her life,,,

  • Faithz

    Agrees with you, Yes and from now on.

  • Carrington

    I get why MEN would be of the thought process, “Just breastfeed” – but I’m very surprised at the number of women who seem to be of the belief that it’s that simple. NOBODY would buy milk if breastfeeding was that simple of a process for every woman.

  • klwbaby

    I remember a long time ago a woman tampered with Tylenol and people died from it. It made Tylenol change their pill to tamper resistant. I have never purchased formula but I thought they were already tamper resistant and that most stores didn’t allow people to return food.

  • MsPam

    New Post

  • Justlooknout

    I loved it and my baby loved it too. You know folks ALWAYS must be negative.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    Just awful. Headline should read tucson terrorist arrested for attempting mass killing of babies.

  • MrsHBC

    She is a sick bastard! They should charge her with attempted murder. Who knows what else she could’ve tainted the formula with. She is evil & she should be put away indefinitely!

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    if its the specialty kind the price really soars….

  • Please Stop The Madness

    thank you for this. the whole self righteous air about it irks my whole being. and commercialized baby formula goes back to the 1910’s. like really.

  • Renee Bee

    Bwahahahahaha! OMG!!! To the kona with you, Sir. The kona!

  • Renee Bee

    Bwahahahahaha! OMG!!! To the kona with you, Sir. The kona!

  • Ryan

    If you have to hustle, leave the babies out of it. Sick trashy bish.

  • the guest

    They should never put returned formula or unopened baby food on the shelves.

  • tintin

    times must be really hard to put in all that effort to do this bull

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    No ill will intended, or disrespect so please dont take this the wrong way…ok

    What if there was no such thing as manufactured formula?This is a man made in factory. Our great grandparents didnt have baby formula.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    What wrong with powered milk from the dollar store? lol lol.

  • Tammie Reed

    I said the same thing lol but remember they had a lot of wet nurses back in the day (and even during slave days) that could breastfeed and slave owners used them a lot too.

    I would have also not made it during childbirth! Me and my baby would have not been here! I don’t dilate from what my doctor said after examining me during labor! I was in labor for 18 hrs and still was at zero! I was in so much pain too. I always wondered what would have happened to me back in the day, lawd knows!

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    lol, thanks for your honest answer. I admit , I dont know what a wet nurse is, I could google it. How do they breast feed if they are not pregnant. I think I remember hearing of slaves breast feeding white women’s children

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    But why are you even allowed to return that sort of item anyway??????? So no one lifted the lids or checked to make sure the seal wasn’t broken when she returned it? Because she’s white? Right. The stores need to be sued to shat…

  • Anunnaki

    titty milk is the best

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    Thank you too! I’m one of the small percentage of women who can’t breast feed….my titties just don’t work well that way….I tried with my son for a couple months but caught an infection in my breasts because the milk just wouldn’t come out.and had to stop then 10 years later with my daughter I tried again even..got a Lactation coach and everything…still no…I cried and cried was depressed as hell because I so much wanted to do it…people so ignorant…

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    That’s some str8 crystal Meth shat….

  • Tammie Reed

    I’m not sure either but they were around. Today you can just buy breastmilk off the internet lol. I don’t know how safe that is though. I will have to do some research on it but I would assume that back then you had family, close friends and neighbors. Hell everybody was pregnant, it was nothing else to do and it was like borrowing butter or sugar. “Hey girl, can you feed my baby when you’re done? My milk didn’t come in” LOL!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    You just took the words right out of my mouth!!!!

  • smartchickfl

    Lmao.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    #TittyMilk… LMBO!!!!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    & Even if stores allowed people to return food, don’t put that shyt back on the shelves!!! #smh

  • Coffee1st

    Right. I bought the wrong kind of formula for my grandson. It hadn’t been 24 hours, it was unopened and I had the receipt. All I wanted to do was exchange and was promptly denied. Wal Mart was like, “You betta take this L and go get that baby the right formula”…

  • nick c

    Walmart is lying if you leave a bag at the store and return to retrieve it don’t be surprised if they restocked all your items looking for double profit.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    LOL

  • smartchickfl

    Don’t have any kids yet, but I do have a niece and nephew. Nephew wanted NO part of the breast milk, but my niece couldn’t get enough. Some mothers do have a difficult time, but some babies don’t want it regardless. I hate when women put one another down ….your comment is much appreciated:)

  • Ryan

    Kellyann looks more like a oooollllllld horse that should’ve been taken out back and put out of commission a long time ago.

  • Coffee1st

    Nope. Rehab and community service for Becky.

  • Coffee1st

    Girl, addicts will FIND A WAY!! They can get Einstein on that @$$ quick -when that monkeys on their back.

  • SuperScooper1

    Because the’s got the complexion for the connection which leads to protection and exceptions.

  • Coffee1st

    I was told a long time ago by somebody that a woman can still produce breast milk long after having given birth. One day, maybe a year after I had stopped breastfeeding, I tried it (manual expression) and sure enough the colostrum appeared.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Hmm, I wanna see, lol lol

  • Lucky83

    I’m a breastfeeding mommy of nine months but I do get annoyed by judgy breast is best mamas…. you don’t know people’s situation…. that said, more women should try it…. ?????

  • Please Stop The Madness

    this was nicest comment on this post

  • zawnn

    Actually in the hood… they are buying up formula with wic checks or food stamps and reselling them for cash at other stores!! Lol. Cases of baby milk, it’s disgusting!! First of all, what is ur baby going to eat and secondly just get a job and stop being dumb!

  • http://ivyleaguelove.tumblr.com/ Applebootay

    That’s a damn shame. My oldest is 14 so I’m so out the game I don’t know what’s going on…..I do know they make some damn good formula nowadays..truth be told, some of these mothers who can breastfeed, prolly shouldn’t

  • zawnn

    They drink and smoke too much

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    She resealed them anyway so ?????

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    I love you and Paul Mooney.

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    This is a nice comment for you to make. I think some people judge (myself included) because of encounters with slack-azz momma’s who can and choose not to breast feed. I’m not a mother and do not plan to be, so I always chastise my own judgemental mind when it comes to other’s parenting styles… That’s not my lane nor my business.

  • Moon Lee

    Omg,titty milk! LMAO…

  • MS.BEE

    I REMEMBER THE TYLENOL TAMPER && THAT’D WHY I’M FUNNY WITH MEDS.

  • MS.BEE

    I DONE IT FOR A YEAR WITH MY DAUGHTER UNTIL I GOT TIRED OF HER PULLING MY BREAST OUT && BITING IT. LOL, BUT BREAST MILK IS HEALTHY FOR THE BABIES.

  • Faithz

    Omg you got me Lol here, and I so agrees with You, still Lol.

  • Giantstepp

    I recently bought the wrong formula for my granddaughter, attempted to take it back, and they refused, Said it was against policy. I was a little irritated, and out of 30 bucks, bit I understood. Reasons like this proves it.

  • Giantstepp

    Exact same thing happened to me w/my granddaughter. Was out of a quick 30, and irritated, but I understood.

  • sunni_daze

    I thought most stores kept formula behind the counter and in the glass cases. And when did they get a return policy for formula, you buy it you keep it.

  • brooklyn23

    Aww so sweet, happy mothers day too if that applies to you. I dont know if you have kids etc…

  • Justlooknout

    I have a three. One I birthed, two via second marriage.