February 18, 2009
A Broward County judge denied bond to a woman spotted by a Publix shopper pouring an unspecified black liquid into jars of baby food inside the grocery store on the evening of Feb. 12.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the witness viewed 50-year-old Shirley W. Ybarra using a plastic syringe to transfer the unknown dye from a Victoria’s Secret body splash container to an Earth’s Best banana food jar inside the grocery chain’s 4121 West Commercial Blvd. location.
When store employees confronted her, the suspect told them she had been mixing food for her son during the 15-minute event. While being questioned, Ybarra allegedly urinated on herself, prompting her to require a visit to the bathroom in order to clean herself up. Once in the lavatory, Ybarra allegedly placed a pair of rubber gloves in the trash and flushed Pine Glo disinfectant down the toilet.
The suspect’s shopping cart held baby juice containers, several tampered jars of Earth’s Best banana baby food, latex gloves, a baby syringe and paper towels.