A woman seeking refuge at a local domestic violence shelter is now behind bars after allegedly attempting to poison fellow residents with floor cleaner.
Jennings police say Tamara Jenkins, 36, is charged with six counts of attempted first-degree murder charges after she allegedly put Fabuloso, a house-hold cleaner, into a drink.
It happened at Jeff Davis Communities Against Domestic Violence (CADA). CADA Supervisor, Sheila Babineaux, says it happened after dinner.
A fresh batch of Kool-Aid was made, and the residents were watching television while Jenkins was reportedly mopping the floor. That's when CADA staff members suspect Jenkins poured the cleaner into the drink that was stored in the refrigerator.
Babineaux says no one drank the tainted Kool-Aid. Instead, it was discovered by a resident as she went to get her child a cup. Because it hadn't been made long, the resident removed the pitcher lid to stir the drink. "As soon as she began stirring it, she smelled the aroma and knew something was wrong," said Babineaux.
JPD detectives took a sample of the Kool-Aid to verify if and how much Fabuloso was actually in the drink. If the chemical does show up, Jenkins faces serious charges.
Jenkins denies using the cleaner in the Kool-Aid. Police don't have a motive either.
Meanwhile, Babineaux says this incident is not a reflection of CADA. She says they help anyone who needs help. "We don't always know who we are letting in to the shelter, but if they need help, we help them," she said.