Police in Mentor say that Erin Hendrix, 28, tried to poison her infant daughter over a period of more than a year.
The disturbing allegations seemingly get more disturbing the more details that are released.
The infant was 5-months old at the time when Hendrix began mixing lead nitrate with her food, prescriptions, and other items that came in contact with or were ingested by the child.
What occurred from Februrary 2008 to July 2009 has led to 22-counts being brought against Hendrix, who pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on bail.
NewsNet5 has the details:
“The amount of poison, hazardous chemical, or other harmful substance involved an amount sufficient to cause death if ingested or used by a person,” the indictment stated.
Prosecutors also said Hendrix’s actions resulted in “serious physical harm” to the child.
Here is the breakdown of charges in the indictment:
* 6 counts: Contaminating a substance for human consumption or use
* 1 count: Attempted aggravated murder
* 1 count: Attempted murder
* 1 count: Felonious assault
* 2 counts: Endangering children
* 1 count: Complicity to attempted aggravated murder
* 1 count: Complicity to attempted murder
* 1 count: Complicity to felonious assault
* 2 counts: Complicity to endangering children
* 6 counts: Complicity to contaminating a substance for human consumption or use
Hendrix, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, is out on bond and has been ordered to not have contact with the child.
The child is currently with a foster family and is doing well, but will face long-term medical issues, according to prosecutors.
The former high school teacher (her husband, Ric, was a pastor) faces many years in prison if convicted.