Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Jail for Poisoning His Baby with Antifreeze in Her Milk Bottle

Curtis Jack had previously “insisted” that the infant's mother terminate her pregnancy, police said

<p></p> Stock image of baby formula.
Stock image of baby formula.

A man in South Fulton, Georgia, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for attempting to kill his baby daughter by poisoning her breast milk with antifreeze, authorities said.

On Oct. 1, 2020, Curtis Jack tampered with bottles of breastmilk he picked up from the newborn baby’s mother, according to the City of South Fulton Police Department.

The mother, who was also a coworker of Jack's, had been hospitalized after giving birth to their daughter on Sept. 24, 2020.

After Jack picked up the bottles and delivered them to the child’s grandmother — who was caring for the infant along with the woman’s other daughter at the time — the newborn became “critically ill” within a day, and was suspected of being poisoned, per police.

At the time, officers found that the daughter, who was just 18 days old, had suffered “serious injuries,” according to the South Fulton police.

She was then taken to a local children’s hospital, where she tested positive for ethylene glycol, a “chemical often found in automotive antifreeze,” authorities said.

Following an initial investigation, Jack was identified as a suspect, and warrants were obtained for a criminal attempt to commit murder and cruelty to children in the first degree, police said at the time.

Jack later admitted to adding antifreeze to the breastmilk to detectives, police added.

Authorities also learned that Jack and the baby’s mother had been in an “intimate relationship” since January 2020, and he had previously “insisted” that she terminate her pregnancy, the department said.

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Jack’s trial for the attempted murder of the child, now 3, included testimonies from “the child's mother, grandmother, law enforcement officers, and medical experts, including a demonstration of how easy it was to poison the breastmilk,” police said.

The jury ultimately found Jack guilty on all counts, South Fulton police announced on social media on April 11. He was sentenced to 50 years in jail and will serve 40 of them in custody.

“A special thanks to Madam Fani Willis and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office in obtaining justice for the victim and her mother,” South Fulton police wrote in a statement.

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