Woman licks Blue Bell ice cream

(CNN/Meredith) -- Police in Texas said on Friday that they caught the culprit in the "ice cream licker" case that went viral.

Lufkin police did not reveal the suspect's identity because she is a minor, they said in a Facebook post. The case was also turned over to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and remains under investigation, police said.

In the viral video posted on Twitter that garnered more than 12 million views, the teen was seen opening a carton of ice cream at a Texas Walmart, licking it and putting it back in the freezer.

Lufkin police said detectives identified and spoke with the suspect and her boyfriend. The suspect is a juvenile from San Antonio, tied to the Lufkin area through her boyfriend's family. Lufkin is about 5 hours northeast of San Antonio.

The contaminated ice cream was a half-gallon of Blue Bell Tin Roof ice cream -- which the company describes as "a vanilla ice cream with a rich chocolate fudge swirl and roasted peanuts dipped in dark chocolate."

Police are searching for a woman who licked a tub of ice cream

Police said the person on the right was the ice cream culprit.

Before identifying the suspect as a minor, police said the suspect faced a charge of second-degree felony tampering with a consumer product, which carries two to 20 years behind bars and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Police did not say how the potential penalty could change, now knowing that the suspect is a minor.

Blue Bell called the unsettling footage a "malicious act" in a statement on its website.

The ice cream maker said it inspected the freezer case that contained the licked ice cream, found the problematic tub and removed all Tin Roof half gallons from the Lufkin Walmart.

"The safety of our ice cream is our highest priority, and we work hard to maintain the highest level of confidence of our customers. Food tampering is not a joke, and we will not tolerate tampering with our products," Blue Bell said.

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Rie123AZ

Poor little thing just needed some attention. [unsure] I hope she gets plenty... in Juvie.

Middleoftheroad

She will fade from the news and nothing will be done. Just like the girl who stuffed a dead baby in the garbage in the Amazon fulfillment center in Phoenix.

Velma Velvet

You need to remove the comment section as many of these conversations devolve into bigoted vitriol pretty quickly.

Marley

They pretty much fit the crime, though.

Hockeymummy87

Absolutely disgusting she deserves what she gets but i am sure it will be turned around some how some way

JR in glendale

Forget throwing the book at that worthless piece of unsanitary garbage and throw frozen pints of ice cream at the disease-ridden filth-spreader instead...until she realizes that her behavior was unacceptable and intolerable...

MyOwnMind

typical of her type and I'm positive she'll not get in trouble. I'm sure her rights are being violated right now just by showing her type committing a disgusting illegal act.

Marley

Terrible waste of a nice rack.

MAGA Mia

Spreading that AIDS

kell490

My guess the charge be knocked down to misdemeanor she get probation for sure. I would be very surprised if they get a felony on her.

Phillup Witgas

Effin byoch is gonna walk. Just wait and see.

Icreatearguements

azrider is clearly a liberal.

robertscomputer

Bullsxit makers need seat the xrap and who hexl would tell it was opened just because it was the stocker looking and found it, bullsxhit.[yawn]

Dbacks1

Teen? She looks 35

Tony G

Probably related to nutsplash!

nutsplash

Tony G...direct descendant of Kunta Kente , only of no value.

Tony G

Took you all day to come up with your worthless comment, nut sack. Pathetic.

AZRepublican

Filthy animal !!

azrider

kid being, goofy and stupid. i doubt there was any real malicious intent. probation, community service, and drop the charges.

Di

I hardley think so, she's a pig.

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