Jefferson City grandma accused of drugging 1-year-old child

Sunday, January 31, 2010 | 3:32 p.m. CST; updated 3:49 p.m. CST, Sunday, January 31, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY— A Missouri woman is accused of drugging her 1-year-old granddaughter, hoping that the child's divorcing parents would get back together if they had a sick child.

Jefferson City police allege in a probable cause statement that 41-year-old Terri Chilton fed her granddaughter blood thinner on Jan. 12, causing the girl to bleed uncontrollably from her mouth, nose and two minor scratches. The girl survived, but it's unknown if there was long-term organ damage.

Chilton is charged with one count of first-degree child endangerment. Online court records do not list an attorney for the Jefferson City woman, and she did not immediately return a call to her home seeking comment Saturday. She was released on a$5,000 bond Friday.


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