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Snack-cake incident leads to an arrest

Posted: September 18, 2013 - 7:37am

A North Augusta woman was arrested Sept. 11 after being accused of giving her college teacher a tainted snack cake that a doctor said could cause the teacher to have a miscarriage.

Diane Ambrose, of the 600 block of Hampton Circle, was charged with reckless conduct.

About two weeks ago, the victim, who is 12 weeks pregnant, said she became sick with lower intestinal issues after eating a snack cake given to her by Ambrose, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s incident report.

The next day, the victim began having complications with her pregnancy. Her doctor informed the teacher she had become at high risk for a miscarriage, according to the report.

On Sept. 11, another student told the teacher that the 44-year-old Ambrose confessed to injecting a foreign substance into the snack cake. Ambrose said the substance would cause the teacher to be sick but would not harm the child, the witness told deputies.

The incident report did not identify the substance, and a sheriff’s office public information officer said he was not familiar with the case and did not know what it was.

The teacher told police she did not know her illness was connected to the snack cake until the student told her it was tainted.

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