Kimberly A. Lawton, the Orchard Park mother accused of mixing ethanol in her infant son’s milk last spring, was sent to jail Tuesday after Orchard Park Town Justice Edward A. Pace ruled prosecutors have reasonable grounds to seek a grand jury indictment.

During a 45-minute felony hearing, prosecutors and Orchard Park police presented evidence from lab tests conducted during a 5½-month criminal investigation.

They confirmed that ethanol was in the breast milk that Lawton, 36, fed her son.

An investigation was launched after the boy’s father lodged a complaint last April. The boy is in the care of his father, authorities said.

Lawton, who was arrested at her Glendale Terrace home last Thursday, did not testify during the felony hearing.

Joseph A. Agro, her lawyer, who did not waive the evidence-presentation session, could not be reached to comment.

Lawton has two older children, both in the care of relatives and under court supervision, authorities said.

She is currently facing charges of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors could not be reached to comment on the charges they will seek from the grand jury, which will receive the case within 45 days.

Lawton is being held in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.


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