Teen charged with poisoning mother, brother

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A Montgomery teenager faces an attempted murder charge after police said she put boric acid into some Rice Krispies treats her mother had made, which both the mother and a 2-year-old brother ate.

The Montgomery Police Department tells WSFA 12 News the 14-year-old female was also charged with reckless endangerment Tuesday. Lt. Keith Barnett said the infant was not a target in the crimes.

Major Huey Thornton said an investigation determined the girl was upset with her mother because she had been spanked for being disobedient.

Neither the mother nor the child were seriously injured. Both were treated and released.

The teen was charged as a juvenile, so her identity is not being released. Thornton did say a judge could order the girl to stand trial as an adult, however.

Boric acid is a common household product that can be used to kill insects.

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