Easter Sunday wasn’t like any other at one grandmother’s house in Fayetteville, N.C. According to the Daily Mail, a 17-year-old teenage girl, identified as Tyt’ana Lisa-Nicole Johnson, has been arrested after she allegedly poisoned her grandmother, Gaylon Moody.
According to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office arrest warrant, the Fayetteville teenager poured insecticide and termite killer into her 51-year-old grandmother’s pot of collard greens while she was attending an Easter Sunday church service.
On Thursday, April 24, Moody spoke with the publication during a phone interview, and she recounted the altercation that led to Johnson’s actions. Moody stated that she had confiscated her grand-daughter’s cell phone as a form of punishment. Out of anger, Johnson allegedly retaliated by contaminating the pot of greens cooking on the stove.
Moody went on to explain that she and her friend, Clifton Evans, actually ate the greens and immediately began feeling sick after consumption. Both stated that they experienced intense numbness, and notable changes in their taste buds.
“We started feeling funny afterwards,” Moody said. “He and I started feeling very funny, started feeling numb from my waist up.”
Both were rushed to the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center later that evening. However, poisoning still was still not considered a possible factor in their illnesses. They were initially treated for what doctors assumed was a stomach virus. But, as Evans was released, he ended up collapsing before he even had a chance to exit the hospital. His condition is what led to the discovery of poisoning. Then, Evans recalled hearing Johnson on the phone the day before. He expressed that the nature of her conversation made him wonder if she’d been responsible.
Johnson eventually admitted that she’d poisoned the food, and openly stated that the poison was only intended for her grandmother.
On Friday, April 25, Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said that Johnson had been charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. She is currently being held on a $500,000 bond. In the state of North Carolina, teenagers aged 16 or older can be tried as adults. If convicted, Johnson could be hit with a staggering sentence. What do you think her punishment should be?
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