Woman Poisons Boyfriend For Years With Visine Drops

A 33-year-old Pennsylvania woman could spend the rest of her life in prison after admitting to police that she repeatedly poisoned her boyfriend with Visine eye drops for more than three years in a bid for his attention.

Vickie Jo Mills of Ayr Township, Pa., was arrested Thursday and charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault, 10 counts of simple assault and 10 counts of reckless endangerment after she told authorities she slipped Visine eye drops into the drinking water of her boyfriend, 45-year-old Thurman Edgar Nesbitt III. Mills, who has a child with Nesbitt, told Pennsylvania State Police she put Visine drops, medicinally used to “get the red out” of eyes, into his drinking water 10 to 12 times since June 2009.


Nesbitt had been sick for years with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and blood pressure and breathing problems, according to police. His doctor, Dr. Harry Johnston, alerted authorities in after detecting traces of tetrahydrozoline, a chemical found in eye drops, in Nesbitt’s blood tests. A follow up test at the police station showed Nesbitt had 49 nanograms per milliliter of tetrahydrozoline in his system, categorized by medical experts as “an extremely high level, according to the Record Herald newspaper.

Mills, according to an affidavit, “never meant to kill him [Nesbitt], only wanted him to pay more attention to her.”

The 30 charges filed against her carry a maximum combined sentence of 240 years in jail and more than $300,000 in fines, according to the judge in the case, Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott.

Would you go this far to get your loved one’s attention? What do you think prompted the woman to poison her boyfriend for 3 years?

Source: Yahoo News

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Dawn Loggins: From Janitor To Ivy League

Dawn Loggins was homeless at the start of the school year, abandoned by her drug-abusing parents. She got a janitorial job through a school workforce assistance program. She’s grateful for the work. But it’s where she’s going next, beyond the walls of Burns High School, that excites her most.

Dawn grew up in a ramshackle home with no electricity and no running water. She often went days, even weeks without showering. She and her brother Shane — who was equally studious in his schoolwork — would walk 20 minutes to a public park to fetch water. Burns High was their fourth high school since middle school, as they moved from town to town. Shane was outgoing, but Dawn always appeared more reserved.

For a while, Dawn lived on the odd couch at friends’ homes, while she figured out what to do. Sometimes, she slept on the floor. The only thing that was clear was that she wanted to stay in Lawndale, where she was active in extracurricular activities, had a boyfriend and had a job. With her parents gone, she processed the options with her guidance counselor, who helped her find a new home and process her college applications.


Dawn applied to four colleges within the state: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; North Carolina State University; Davidson College; and Warren Wilson College. In December, she sent one final application off in the mail, to her reach-for-the-stars choice, Harvard. Months passed. She was accepted to the four schools in North Carolina. And finally, she received an acceptance letter from Harvard! In addition to that, she was offered tuition, room and board, as well as assistance finding an on-campus job.

Dawn has learned the sort of lessons that can’t be learned in school. “I love my parents. I disagree with the choices that they’ve made. But we all have to live with the consequences of our actions,” she said. She takes it all in stride. “If I had not had those experiences, I wouldn’t be such a strong-willed or determined person.”

She might just find Harvard to be easy, don’t you think? Did Dawn Loggins’ story inspire you? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: CNN

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