Saturday, March 10, 2001

Three teens accused of poisoning plot

Deputy: Aim was to kill foster mother

By Michael D. Clark, The Cincinnati Enquirer
and The Associated Press

        DECATUR, Ohio — Three teen-age girls accused of plotting to poison their foster mother so they could live elsewhere are scheduled for trial next week in juvenile court, a Brown County sheriff's officer said Friday.

        Capt. Barry Creighton said the girls, ages 17, 15 and 14, planned to put rat poison into the woman's oatmeal.

        Officers are waiting for laboratory test results to see if the cereal actually was poisoned.

        A half-empty bag of mouse and rat poison was found in the Decatur home, Capt. Creighton said.

        The girls are each charged with conspiracy to commit murder. They appeared Friday in Brown County Juvenile Court and will remain in custody until their trial, Capt. Creighton said.

        The alleged poisoning occurred last week, when the woman, 59, became ill and was checked into Brown County Hospital in Georgetown.

        Sheriff's officers learned of the alleged scheme Thursday after the youngest of the three girls became frightened and told the woman, who alerted authorities.

        The woman has other health problems and may have gotten sick from something else, but Capt. Creighton said all three girls confessed to the plan to poison her.

        The foster mother, who officials are not identifying, remained in the hospital Friday in stable condition, said Debbie Thornberg, vice president for patient services at Brown County General Hospital.

        “They had all picked out homes they'd like to go to, and they figured they could go there if they killed her,” Capt. Creighton said.


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