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Smyrna Woman Accused of Poisoning Husband

Jamie L. Baker Jamie L. Baker

SMYNRA, Del.- A 44-year-old Smyrna woman is facing murder and related charges following accusations that she poisoned her husband with antifreeze.

Police said that on Thursday, Jamie L. Baker was taken into custody following a lengthy investigation that got under way on Sept. 16, 2013, when troopers and medical personnel were called to a home the 2000 block of Bryn Zion Road for a death investigation. 

Investigators said that when troopers arrived on the scene, the body of Jamie Baker's husband, James D. Baker II, was found in a bedroom. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner also responded to the home to transport James Baker's body to their office in order to conduct an autopsy. Troopers said evidence that consisted of pills, syringes, and a box containing several bottles of liquid steroids, were collected at the scene by state police detectives.
Police said an autopsy was performed on James Baker and it was discovered that his kidneys had a substance suspected to be ethylene glycol, which is a chemical found in anti-freeze.  The bottles of steroids were then sent to a laboratory to be tested and all found to positively contain ethylene elycol, investigators said. The medical examiner ruled the manner of death a homicide by poisoning.
Police said detectives continued to conduct interviews and were able to determine that James Baker ordered the steroids back in June of 2013 through the Internet and would have them delivered to a friend.  The two of them would divide up the bottles between themselves and James Baker would take his back to his home in Smyrna where he would place them in a locked toolbox in a closet, investigators said.
On Thursday, March 13, detectives executed a search warrant at the Baker home on Bryn Zion Road. Troopers said Jamie Baker was contacted at the home and eventually provided information that she had used a hypodermic syringe to extract anti-freeze from a container that was stored in the garage. Investigators said that once she gathered the chemical, she injected several bottles of her husband's steroids with the substance.
Jamie Baker was transported to Troop 3 where she was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. She was ordered held without bai in the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution.

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