Texas oncologist, Ana Mria Gonzale-Angulo has been accused by authorities of trying to poison her lover, Dr. George Blumenschein.
USA Today reported that Gonzalez-Angulo, a breast cancer oncologist was charged with aggravated assault against Blumenschein, a specialist in lung and head and neck cancers at the University of Texas.
According to Huffington Post, a criminal complaint said that the two were participating in a casual sexual relationship.
The Houston Chronicle reported:
“The coffee tasted sweet because it was laced with a sweet-tasting toxic chemical used in antifreeze and medical research, ethylene glycol, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The complaint referred to the chemical as ‘a deadly weapon.'”
The report continued on to say that lawyers for Gonzalez-Angulo denied the charge, stating:
“‘Dr. Gonzalez-Angulo is completely innocent,'” Hollingsworth, a partner in Rusty Hardin Associates, said in a statement. ‘She is a distinguished citizen and scientist, and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life.'”
On the night in question, Blumenschein had complained that his coffee tasted sweet. Gonzalez-Angulo apparently stated that she simply put splenda in it and instructed him to continue drinking.
Within a few hours, Blumenschein started experiencing slurred speech, poor balance, and a loos of fine motor skills according to the Houston Chronicle.
When taken to an emergency center, he was found to have “nervous system depression, cardiopulmonary complications and renal failure” according to Huffington Post.
They continued to say that Blumenschein had to later undergo dialysis.
After repeated tests, results showed that Blumenschein had in fact been poisoned using ethylene glycol.
Ethylene glycol is a material that is present in all M.D. Anderson laboratories, where Gonzalez-Angulo worked, and as a result, she had plenty of access to the substance, according to investigators.
According to Huffington Post, Gonzalez-Angulo is free on $50,000 bail and is currently in paid administrative leave.
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