Davis County woman charged after husband poisoned with eye drops

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WEST POINT, Utah, Aug. 24, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A Davis County woman has been charged on suspicion of using eye drops to poison her husband.

Chandra Vayu Stevens Read, 33, and from West Point, was charged with a Class-A misdemeanor, surreptitious administration of a substance, according to a probable cause statement.

Read’s husband, Dallen Tubbs, had been sick for several months, and had lost 40 pounds and experienced headaches, nausea, diarrhea and blurred vision, according to the documents.

Tubbs searched his home on Aug. 1, and “ … he found a black cloth bag containing many empty eye drop bottles with their tops removed,” the documents say.

Tubbs ” … researched the active ingredient Tetrahydrozoline on the internet and found that the symptoms of injesting (sic) the chemical mirrored his own,” the statement said.

Tubbs told officers he confronted Read, who reportedly said, “It wasn’t just for you. It was for someone else too.” Tubbs said his brother also heard Read make the statement.

Police found 11 empty boxes and 10 empty bottles of the Kroger brand eye drops, along with six unopened bottles, court papers say.

The couple has two children, and Tubbs told police he was afraid they had been poisoned as well. They had become more irritable than in the past, he said.

Read is scheduled for an Oct. 30 court appearance in Second District Court.


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