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Lehigh County mom charged with serving family poisoned burritos enters rehab program

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:04:41 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 06 2013 02:26:46 PM EST

She's accused of feeding drug-laced burritos to her family.


A Lehigh County woman charged with serving her husband and daughter burritos laced with prescription medicine has been accepted into a two-year rehabilitation program for first-time, non-violent offenders.

Ann Marie Haines, 42, of Lower Macungie Township, said the May incident was the result of being over-medicated for bipolar disorder and manic depression.

Investigators said Haines was upset that she hadn't been invited to join her husband and daughter as they went car shopping. She allegedly crushed up some of her pills in black-bean burritos she served.


Her husband and daughter noticed the food tasted funny and complained of feeling ill.

Lehigh County Judge William Ford said the first-time offenders program is normally for lesser crimes but the two victims and the prosecuting state trooper agreed to it.

The judge also ordered her to do 40 hours of community service.