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Red Wing woman charged with lighter fluid in milk

A Red Wing woman will make her first appearance in Pierce County Circuit Court Monday on a felony charge of placing foreign objects in edibles.

Danielle Lynn Larson, 22, is accused of putting lighter fluid in a glass of milk. The charge is a Class I felony. She is also facing intimidation of victim, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint:

In April, Ellsworth police were notified by the victim while drinking a glass of chocolate milk he claimed there was lighter fluid in it. He explained the milk was purchased on a Wednesday, April 9, when he drank some; he was gone for most of the day on Thursday and, on Friday, he poured some more milk, drank it, and that’s when he noticed the odor-like taste.

Police found a container of lighter fluid which was nearby and found that smell very similar to that of the chocolate milk. The victim said he drank some Mountain Dew afterward and he could still taste the lighter fluid in his mouth.

On that Thursday, the victim had made another complaint about a gun being stolen from his apartment. The victim told police Larson had a key to the apartment and was the first one to tell him his gun was missing.

Police interviewed Larson the next week. She explained she and the victim used to live together and, amid multiple fights, she moved out. While moving her stuff out on that Wednesday, she texted him about where the gun was, and when he replied where he thought it would be, she told him it wasn’t. The victim accused Larson of taking the gun, which she denied.

Police then got to the milk incident, which Larson initially denied being a part of. Eventually, the conversation shifted as police told Larson they wanted to know why and what happened.

At this point, Larson’s emotions started to change as more anger and frustration was being expressed toward the victim. She then admitted to putting a couple of drops of fluid in. Police asked why? Her response “I don’t know.” She also told police she thought the victim would smell the milk before drinking it.

In May, police interviewed the victim a second time. He said he took one swallow when he realized something was wrong. He said he felt nauseous afterwards, but ended up not going to a doctor.

Larson asked the victim, “are you going to drop the gun and poison charges?” He said no. The victim also said Larson offered custody of their child if he would drop the charges.