Franklin Township, PA – Police have charged 22-year-old Samantha Unger after they say she admitted to poisoning her 3-year old son with Visine eye drops.
The boy had been admitted to the hospital several times suffering from a mysterious illness with life-threatening symptoms.
In March, the boy was flown by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center when it looked as if the symptoms were the result of being poisoned.
Tests were performed and doctors confirmed their suspicions when poisonous amounts of Tetrahydrozoline – the chemical commonly found in eye drops – were found in the boy’s urine.
State Police Investigators interviewed Unger, who confessed to putting Visine in her son’s water and juice bottles. She wasn’t sure exactly how much Visine she’d given her son, but said she’d used more than one bottle.
Small doses of Visine can cause you some issues, larger doses can cause rapid heart rate, convulsions, and even put you into a coma.
Unger also admitted that her 1-year-old got sick from the Visine after he drank from one of the tainted bottles she’d prepared for his older brother.
Samantha Unger was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children. Lt. Hess said Unger gave a motive for her actions, but he didn’t reveal what the motive was.
Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner said attempted murder charges were not filed against Unger because they did not have intent. Unger is currently free on bail while waiting on her preliminary hearing scheduled for July 24.
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