A woman in Taipei was given 20 years in prison on Tuesday after she’d been found guilty of killing her niece by mixing the baby’s formula with a lethal amount of cooking salt.
The infant, just shy of three months old, died on November 15 last year after coming down with a bad fever, among other symptoms. Her death was attributed to a high level of sodium in her blood.
Investigators had found an open can of powdered baby formula that had been mixed with salt, according to Want China Times. The child’s 33-year-old aunt, Tso Ya Ting, later confessed that she’d added large amounts of salt to three cans of the baby’s formula.
She claims that she’d only meant to make the baby ill out out of spite for her husband’s sister-in-law. She was put in detention last November and was indicted a month later on the charge of causing death by intentionally inflecting harm on a child. It’s unclear whether Tsou will appeal.
Similar cases of people falling ill after overdosing on salt have been reported in recent years. A woman in New York this year was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for the death of her five-year-old son, who died from salt poisoning in January. A 19-year-old who drank a quart of soy sauce on a dare went into a coma and nearly died in 2013.