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Man Charged with Poisoning Son’s Milk

June 7, 1994

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) _ A man who allegedly laced his 1-year-old son’s milk bottle with bug killer was charged Tuesday with attempted murder.

Clyde Hunt, 28, tried to kill his son because he didn’t want to pay child support, said Steven Kaplan, Macomb County assistant prosecutor.

Hunt was being held on $500,000 bail and faces up to life in prison if convicted. His lawyer said he is innocent.

Kaplan said Hunt fed the poison to the baby in February in the mother’s apartment in Mount Clemens, a Detroit suburb.

The boy, Tyrell Hunt, appeared sick when the couple left for a date but Hunt assured the baby sitter that he would be fine, Kaplan said.

The baby went into convulsions and suffered mouth burns. Doctors pumped the insecticide Diazanon from his stomach.

The poisoning was accidental, said Hunt’s lawyer, Robert Morris Jr. He said his client doesn’t know where the baby got the insecticide.

The boy’s mother, Charise Banks, also said she doesn’t believe Hunt hurt his son. ″He’s not that kind of person,″ she said.

She also said there was no dispute between the two over child support.

Tyrell has been placed in a foster home.

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