Family is our foundation and we are nothing without it. Being part of a family and the benefits it brings us makes us truly rich.
To be able to have family that you can rely on and trust, that when you desperately need help or just to get out of trouble, even when you don’t even have to ask for help.. An intuitive mother, who had to contend with her daughter’s unspeakable planning, came through as a grandmother and saved the life of her innocent 11-week-old granddaughter.
Nineteen-year-old Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother is a loving family woman from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who was always welcoming of her family’s needs. Sometime before January 2017, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother allowed her son, his fiancée, and their 11-week-old daughter — her granddaughter — to stay in her home.
After Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother welcomed her son and extended family into her home, sometime later she allowed them to stay longer. Rodriguez-Miranda harbored intense resentment against her brother and his family due to their presence, which her mother probably picked up on.
Sarai Rodriguez-Miranda’s plan was to crush Excedrin tablets & put it into a baby bottle kept in the fridge. https://t.co/aEGmGXSu0f
— The Journal Gazette (@JGfortwayne) September 27, 2017
In January 2017, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother, perhaps relying on her maternal instincts, must have sensed that something was very wrong in her home. Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother went through her daughter’s cell phone and found text messages that shocked her to her core.
Rodriguez-Miranda had sent text messages to her boyfriend that detailed her own attempts to poison and kill her 11-month-old niece. Her mother, looking through her text messages to her boyfriend, found sinister messages like, “Why didn’t that baby die dude thats dumb…They definitely threw it out.”
Looking through all of the text messages, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother came across a cell phone photo of a mortar and pestle that contained the residue of a crushed, white powdery substance. Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother took screenshot photos of the text messages and pics as evidence and went to her refrigerator.
The breastmilk for the 11-week-old baby was kept in the fridge in two bottles, a tall one and a shorter one. Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother noticed that the milk in the taller bottle was darker-colored and had a circular, greenish-colored tinge at the bottom of the bottle.
On Jan. 12, 2017, Rodriguez-Miranda’s mother took the 11-month-old baby to get medically checked out and learned that the baby was healthy. After ensuring the safety of her granddaughter, she turned over her screenshots of her daughter’s texts and photos and the mortar and pestle over to the police.
Toxicology analysis would later find that the mortar and pestle were used to crush nine Excedrin pills, which Rodriguez-Miranda had spiked the tall breast milk bottle with. Such an amount is enough to kill a full-size adult and confirmed Rodriguez-Miranda’s attempt to kill her newborn niece.
After her murder plot was revealed by her mother, Rodriguez-Miranda disappeared and was a fugitive from police for almost a year. On Sept. 28, 2017, Rodriguez-Miranda was found by police in Bay City, Michigan, and charged with attempted murder.
It is a tragic story where a mother and grandmother, in her valiant effort to protect her 11-week-old granddaughter, had to turn in her own daughter. Yet, the grandmother is a hero, who did all she could in the name of family to save her granddaughter, who couldn’t even ask for help.