Champlin police arrested a Minnesota woman after a family received letters from her threatening to “taste” and “lick” their children.
A woman named Carrie Pernula admitted to sending anonymous and disturbing letters to her neighbors on September 27, saying their children “look delicious.” Her neighbors have two children who are both in elementary school.
“The children look delicious,” the letter referring to her neighbor’s kids read. “May I have a taste?” The neighbor immediately called the Champlin Police Department to look into the case. They also posted a photo of the letter on their community Facebook page to warn other families, as well.
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“Opened our mail today to this letter. Obviously my stomach started doing somersaults,” the horrified neighbor wrote on their community Facebook page. The threat did not end there. The family then received a magazine subscription addressed to “Your Tasty Children.”
Police immediately traced the origin of the magazines, and upon learning that the subscription was made under Pernula’s name, they immediately made the arrest on Friday.
Champlin Deputy Police Chief Ty Schmidt said, “Instead of a name on the address label it said things like ‘tasty children,’ along those lines.”
After the creepy message made rounds on the Internet, parents in the Champlin neighborhood were worried for their children’s safety, according to WCCO. Police authorities admitted it is troubling that someone would want to spread such terror in a neighborhood full of kids. The parents of the children Pernula wanted to “taste” replied to her disturbing letter saying “NO! NO you may not have my children in any way, shape, or form.”
“…And beyond anything physical you may NOT rob them of the security and comfort they feel. The trust they have in other people, or the joy they experience on a daily basis because of who they are,” the neighbor wrote on their community Facebook page.
“You DO NOT have the right to try to steal this from them by sending an anonymous letter trying to rip their world apart. I will NOT let that happen. What you MAY do, since you were so formal in your letter to ask, is you MAY turn yourself into the police, or you MAY seek help for your sexual and/or homicidal urges. Either way, the children of this community are off limits.”
Terrified neighbors called the letter “disturbing and scary” and encouraged the parent to call the police. The neighbor, who refused to be named, said that they will not “play the game and live in fear.” When interrogated by investigators, Pernula, 38, did not deny that she sent the terrifying notes and the magazines because the children of her neighbors were noisy and were always leaving stuff on her porch.
Pernula was released from jail on Monday and is believed to be staying at her home. She has not been charged but authorities are presently reviewing her case if she could be charged with gross misdemeanor, terroristic threats, and stalking, Champlin police said in a statement.
According to reports, the woman works as a “forensic data entry operator” at Medtox, a medical company in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She holds a degree in Psychology and graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her LinkedIn profile revealed that she worked as a contract assistant in a Minnesota-based drug company in the HR department. Pernula also worked at Target’s corporate headquarters.
Schmidt added the suspect went “beyond the bounds of what should be done,” as it left the whole neighborhood terrified.
Carrie Pernula has yet to make a formal statement in response to the public’s reaction.