A woman allegedly poisoned her boyfriend by putting Visine eyedrops in his drinks for more than three years in a desperate bid for his attention.
Vickie Jo Mills, of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, confessed to investigators that she put the eyedrops into Thurman Nesbitt’s drinking water 10 to 12 times since June 2009, said police.
Since her arrest on Thursday, the 33-year-old mother has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
Arrested: Vickie Jo Mills confessed to investigators that she put the eyedrops into Thurman Nesbitt¿s drinking water 10 to 12 times since June 2009
Nesbitt’s doctor, Dr.Harry Johnston, became suspicious after treating his patient for years for symptoms including nausea, vomiting, blood pressure problems and breathing trouble.
Dr. Johnston contacted authorities June 17 after tetrahydrozoline, a chemical found in eye drops, turned up in blood tests.
Nesbitt was then brought into the police station for further blood tests which indicated a level of 49 nanograms per milliliter of tetrahydrozoline. Police were told by experts that this was an ‘extremely high level’, reported The Record Herald.
If large quantities of the drug are ingested, a person can get seriously ill and suffer from headaches, blurred vision, nausea, breathing problems. The victims can even suffer seizures and fall into a coma.
Mills, who has a child with Nesbitt, told police she poisoned Nesbitt so he would pay more attention to her.
A preliminary hearing for Mills is scheduled for Monday in Fulton County Court. She remains in Franklin County Jail, where her bail is set at $75,000.