An alleged Visine poisoning recently led to a California man’s arrest.
Authorities explained that 27-year-old mechanic Shayne Carpenter was arrested by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office for reportedly putting eye drops in his girlfriend’s drink. The woman is expected to make a full recovery from the Visine poisoning.
The man was apprehended in Grass Valley, California on Thursday and charged with poisoning and domestic violence. Carpenter reportedly placed the eye drops in his girlfriend’s drink after the two got into a heated argument.
Lieutenant Steve Tripp said the man’s girlfriend became very ill after he allegedly put Visine in her drink. The woman became suspicious after finding texts about the Visine poisoning on Carpenter’s phone.
“We got admissions from him over the phone, when he was admitting to her, that he had done this,” Tripp explained.
Tetrahydrozoline, an ingredient found in Visine and other eye drops, can cause quite a few problems if it is ingested. Included in the symptoms are vomiting, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing. The chemical can also cause tremors and seizures.
Carpenter’s girlfriend was taken to an area hospital for treatment. She is expected to make a full recovery. Her name has not been released to the public.
The man was arrested by police for the alleged Visine poisoning. He posted $25,000 on Friday.
This isn’t the first time someone has attempted to use eye drops to poison their significant other. A 33-year-old Pennsylvania woman reportedly used Visine to slowly poison her boyfriend over the course of three years.
Vickie Jo Mills was arrested last September for allegedly putting the drops in her boyfriend’s drinking water. She is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated assault, 10 counts of simple assault, and 10 counts of reckless endangerment for poisoning the man.
It’s currently unknown what consequences Shayne Carpenter will face as a result of the alleged Visine poisoning.
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