A Minnesota woman will be on probation for a year and pay a $200 fine after admitting she wrote an anonymous note threatening to "taste" her neighbors' children.
Thirty-six-year-old Carrie Pernula pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of stalking, a gross misdemeanor. The Star Tribune reports the offense may be dismissed if Pernula successfully completes probation.
A family received the first disturbing note on Sept. 27 that anonymously read, "The children look delicious. May I have a taste?"
After the concerned parents posted the letter to the city of Champlin’s community Facebook page, it started spreading across social media, with residents urging police to take action out of concern for the children’s safety.
"I tossed and turned all night brewing about this," said one commenter.
Shortly after, the family began to receive magazine subscriptions addressed to the "tasty children."
Investigators stepped in and traced the magazines that were sent back to Pernula, who was taken into police custody last Friday, and admitted to sending the threats.
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Her attorney, Debbie Lang, called it "an unfortunate and complicated situation for everyone involved."
Pernula told police she sent the messages because the kids made noise and left items in her yard.
Pernula now lives in Maple Grove, another Minneapolis suburb. Defense attorney Debbie Lang says Pernula has accepted responsibility and expressed "extreme remorse" for her actions.