Doctor Accused of Poisoning Lover with Toxic Coffee

Fellow doctor sent to ER after drinking two cups allegedly laced with toxic chemical

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 9, 2013 5:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Texas doctor has been arrested for sending a fellow doctor to the emergency room for all the wrong reasons. According to a complaint filed May 29, breast cancer oncologist Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo gave head and neck cancer specialist George Blumenschein—with whom she also had a "casual sexual relationship"—a cup of coffee at her home in late January. When he complained it was sweet, she said she'd added some artificial sweetener and made him a second cup, the Houston Chronicle reports.

But that wasn't Splenda in his java. Instead, Gonzalez-Angulo allegedly added ethylene glycol—a toxic chemical used in antifreeze. Sixteen hours later, Blumenschein was in the ER suffering nervous system depression, cardiopulmonary complications, and renal failure. Gonzalez-Angulo's lawyers deny the aggravated assault charge. "She is a distinguished citizen and scientist, and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life," her legal team said in a statement. Gonzalez-Angulo has been released on $50,000 bail.

Coffee, not poisoned.   (©)
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