Grocer catches woman trying to tamper with store's baby food

Feb. 17--A Sunrise woman has been charged with tampering with food after she was caught Thursday stirring a black, acrid substance into jars of baby food in a Tamarac Publix, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Store surveillance cameras caught Shirley Ybarra, 50, wheeling a shopping cart down the baby food aisle of the grocery store at 4121 W. Commercial Blvd. with rubber gloves and a Victoria's Secret body splash container full of a substance that smelled similar to ammonia, according to BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella.

Moschella said Ybarra spent about 15 minutes mixing the liquid into the jars and bottles of baby food as unwitting shoppers and employees passed by.

Eventually Ybarra was stopped by an employee, whom she told she was simply mixing food for her son.

All the items touched by Ybarra were examined by BSO's crime scene unit and will be sent to the Food and Drug Administration for testing, Moschella said.

Ybarra was committed to a hospital under the state's Baker Act and was criminally charged with a first-degree felony and violation of probation Saturday. She is being held at BSO's North Broward Bureau jail in Pompano Beach.

Ybarra appeared in bond court Tuesday, where she was ordered to be held without bond.