A girl who went viral for licking a tub of ice cream in the supermarket before returning it to the freezer has been caught.
Police in Lufkin, TX say they have identified the girl, but are not releasing her name because she is a minor.
In the now-infamous video, a girl with dark hair laughs as she takes a gallon carton of Blue Bell ice cream from the freezer, removing the top and licking the frozen treat before returning it in the hopes of an unsuspecting customer purchasing the contaminated product.
The video has been viewed over 12.5 million times on
Cops had been on the hunt for the girl, who was originally said to be facing up to 20 years in prison if charged with second-degree felony tampering.
What kinda psychopathic behavior is this?! pic.twitter.com/T8AIdGpmuS
— Optimus Primal (@BlindDensetsu) June 29, 2019
Now, officials say the case will be forwarded to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, where it’s unclear if any charging decisions will be made public.
Luckily the tainted ice cream was never sold or consumed, according to officials at Blue Bell who quickly identified the location and jumped into action to alert authorities.
A statement from the ice cream company reads,
“We thank everyone for their assistance in this case including the San Antonio Police Department, Lufkin Police Department, Walmart, and our customers who alerted us to this incident.
Food safety is our top priority, and we work hard to provide a safe product and maintain the highest level of confidence from our consumers. We are always looking for ways to improve, including looking at methods within our manufacturing process to add additional protection to the carton.
This case is now in the hands of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to pursue however it deems appropriate.”