Charges: Brainerd man tried to kill baby by feeding her antifreeze

The 23 year old has been charged with attempted murder.

A Minnesota man is in jail accused of trying kill a 4-month-old girl by feeding her antifreeze.

Jeffrey Ryan Thomas, 23, of Brainerd has been charged with the first degree attempted murder of a girl, whose mother claims is his child.

Thomas denies this however (a paternity test is pending) and he allegedly tried to kill the girl by poisoning her bottle with ethylene glycol, a chemical commonly found in antifreeze.

According to the criminal complaint, Thomas fed her a bottle around 1 a.m. on Jan. 18, and about 90 minutes later she vomited.

The girl did not act hungry during her next scheduled feeding at 4 a.m. and then drank very little of her bottle at 7 a.m., before vomiting again. 

Thomas then brought the child to see doctors at the clinic in Crosby, who began emergency care and had the girl airlifted to Minnesota Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. 

Against all odds, the child survived. She spent six days in intensive care followed by two-plus weeks at Children's Hospital, before being released into foster care on Feb. 9. 

Police investigated Thomas' phone and found a recent Google search of "what does antifreeze do to the human body."

Thomas said it was a search to help find out what might've been wrong with his grandmother's cat. 

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