Woman accused of using MiraLAX to harm baby

Megan Kafer Photo: Ramsey County
Megan Kafer

December 03, 2018 12:42 PM

A 25-year-old mother has been charged with one count of child endangerment in Ramsey County after authorities allege she provided MiraLAX - a laxative - to her infant child in an effort to harm him.

Court records show Megan Lee Kafer, whose residence is listed in Lewiston, was charged last month.


According to the criminal complaint, the charges date back to an incident in July when the child - who was then less than a year old - was admitted to Children's Hospital in St. Paul for "failure to thrive." The medical staff allegedly suspected the mother - identified as Kafer - might have been causing harm to the child.

His weight was reportedly low, and efforts to help him gain weight were "inexplicably ineffective."

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The complaint goes on to state the mother and child were placed in room equipped with a video recording device. The woman was observed taking out a syringe and appearing to inject something into the child's feeding tube. She was then confronted by hospital security and staff took charge of the child. The syringe was allegedly still in her right hand.

Pursuant to a search warrant, a St. Paul police officer reportedly recovered the syringe with a liquid substance inside. Kafer reportedly said it was just water, but Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testing confirmed the substance was MiraLAX. Two open packages of MiraLAX were also reportedly recovered from her purse.

The complaint alleges a search of her iPhone turned up internet searches like "can a doctor tell if you overdose on MiraLAX," "how to make a baby really sick," "blood poisoning symptoms, signs, causes and treatment," and "how to make a baby vomit."

The complaint said Kafer's parental rights have been terminated in Winona County.

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