Barbara G. Stringham is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony injury to child charge after police say she tried to use a syringe to inject a child with bleach during a fight with another adult at a Boise Bench home Monday afternoon.
Police were called to a home in the 1300 block of North Hartman Street around 1 p.m. after getting a 911 call about a fight.
When police arrived, they found the man and the child, who is under the age of 11, outside the home.
Witnesses told police that Stringham was in the middle of some kind of argument with the man when she attempted to stab the child with a syringe full of bleach. Police say the 39-year-old Stringham then tried to attack the man with a kitchen knife as he took the child out of the home, according to reports.
Shortly after police arrived at the home they declared the child to be in imminent danger and put the child in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
Stringham was then arrested and booked into jail. She is also charged with aggravated battery for the knife attack, police say.
Police reports do not indicate what the fight was about or provide a suspected motive as to why Stringham tried to inject bleach into the child.
Stringham will make her initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
The crimes of felony injury to child and aggravated battery are punishable by up to 10 and 15 years in prison.