Teen Allegedly Poisoned Grandmother’s Food For Taking Away Cell Phone

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 17-year-old North Carolina girl was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder after she poisoned her grandmother’s collard greens with insecticide and termiticide.

Tyt'ana Lisa-Nicole Johnson is accused of poisoning Sunday dinner because her grandmother, 51-year-old Gaylon Moody, took away her cell phone.

Moody was at an Easter church service when Johnson tainted the food.

Moody and her friend, Clifton Evans, 56, were both rushed to hospital after eating the greens.

"We started feeling funny afterwards," Moody told the Fayetteville Observer Thursday. "He and I started feeling very funny, started feeling numb from my waist up."

Evans had an extra serving of greens and eventually lost feeling in his face.

"Everything I drank was tasting different," Evans said. "I was thinking, 'Something ain't right.'"

"She was on punishment. I had taken her cell phone from her. She got mad because I took her cell phone from her, and she poisoned my food," Moody said. "I'll tell you one thing: It ain't good to feel."

Johnson, who moved in with her grandmother about 10 months ago, admitted to the poisoning, according to the arrest warrant. She apologized to Evans for making him ill.

"I asked her about it. She said she didn't mean for me to get sick," Evans said. "Actually, it was all aimed at her grandmother. I didn't really believe this thing could happen. You hear about this kind of stuff on television, but you don't think it could happen to you."

Moody said she took the cell phone because Johnson used it too much.

"She paid more attention to that cell phone than her surroundings," she said.

Moody hasn’t spoken to her granddaughter since the incident.

Sources: Fayetteville Observer