50-year-old Shirley Ybarra was allegedly caught on video while injecting poison into jars of baby food and juice containers in a supermarket in the Tamarac, Florida area, which is near Fort Lauderdale.
Broward County Sheriff’s detectives said Ybarra was spotted by a shopper allegedly mixing a black liquid that smelled like ammonia into the jars in a Publix Supermarket. The shopper notified store employees who detained Ybarra until authorities arrived and arrested her.
Store video shows Ybarra wearing rubber gloves standing with a shopping cart in the baby food aisle for about 15 minutes while she allegedly mixed her noxious concoctions while other shoppers and employees are walking by. Shoppers complained that Ybarra’s black mixture smelled of an acrid odor
When Publix employees asked Ybarra what she was doing, she replied that she was mixing the baby food for her son. Ybarra’s only son is 21 years old and lives outside the Fort Lauderdale area.
Ybarra had allegedly brought the substance she was mixing into the store inside a body splash container from Victoria’ Secret.
After the store discovered Ybarra’s actions, all of the store’s baby food was removed from the supermarket’s shelves, while the tainted jars and bottles were sent to be tested at the Food and Drug Administration. Authorities contacted other stores in the area but now do not believe that Ybarra contaminated any products in any other stores. Authorities also stated that the public is not at risk.
Ybarra had been on probation for a stabbing in 2006. She was initially hospitalized for a mental evaluation and subsequently arrested for poisoning and for probation violation. She is currently being held in a South Florida jail.
Initial reports said that Ybarra did not place any of the contaminated products back on the store shelves, but ABC News has reported that she allegedly had done so
The following video is an ABC News report of the incident: