An Orchard Park mother has been charged with felony assault, accused of tampering with her infant son’s food by mixing ethanol into his milk.
Kimberly A. Lawton, 36, was arrested Thursday outside her Glendale Terrace home following a 5½-month investigation.
Lawton is accused of putting ethanol into breast milk she was feeding her son, according to court documents.
The infant is fine now, but police refused to say whether the infant was injured at the time of the alleged assault.
“It took approximately four months to have lab work done to verify the findings of a substance provided by the suspect to be given to the child,” said Detective John Payne, who investigated with Detective Larry Brand.
“The case began in April of this year, when we were approached by the complainant, the biological father of the victim,” Payne said. “He reported to us he was concerned about the welfare of the child and the care the mother was giving.” The father was not living with the mother, police said.
The mother no longer is involved with the child, and she has two other children who also are being questioned, police said. Child Protective Services is involved in the case.
Brand and Payne said the incident is unusual.
“I’ve never had the biological mother in the particular incident have this degree of charges placed,” Payne said.
Lawton was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child Thursday, and Justice Lynn Keane set bail at $50,000 cash or property. Lawton was taken to the Erie County Holding Center when she could not post bail. A felony hearing was scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday.