Crime

Woman Kills Boyfriend By Pouring Bleach Down His Throat

| by David Bonner

A Chicago woman was charged with killing her boyfriend by making him drink bleach.

Police say Yasmine Elder, 24, forced her boyfriend to drink bleach on March 6, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Darrius Ellis, 26, was found lying on the ground about two hours later, police said. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Ellis, who leaves behind a 5-year-old son, was described as "a good kid" by his maternal grandfather, Clarence Hebron. "Everybody loved him," he said.

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His aunt, Mengyona Flowers, shared her thoughts about her nephew on Facebook, reports the Daily Mail. She said: "This was a good young man trying his best. To help everybody taking my grand babies to school and picking them up every day. We loved him but God loved him best."

Elder was arrested near her home later the same day. An autopsy determined that  Ellis died of "complications from forcible administration of a caustic substance," and his death was ruled a homicide.

Murder by bleach is rare, but cases have been reported. In 2010, Satpal Kaur-Singh of England forced her 12-year-old autistic son, Ajit, to drink bleach, killing him, reported The Telegraph at the time.

The mother intended for it to be a murder-suicide, but she ended up not killing herself as planned. "I've just murdered my son and I've tried to kill myself," she said when she called for an ambulance, shortly after drinking some of the bleach herself. Her son had chemical burns around his mouth, chin, neck and chest and died of "severe respiratory impairment."

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As Anne Marie Helmenstine explains on ThoughtCo, "there's a reason there is a poison symbol on a bleach container and a warning to keep it away from children and pets. Drinking undiluted bleach can kill you."

She adds: "If you drink bleach, it oxidizes or burns tissues in your mouth, esophagus, and stomach. According to the National Institutes of Health, it can cause nausea, chest pain, lowered blood pressure, delirium, coma, and potentially death."

According to FBI statistics, poison is more commonly used by female killers than by males, notes The Washington Post. Women are seven times as likely as men to choose poison as their murder weapon. From 1999 through 2012, poison was used in 901 murders in the U.S. Most of those cases involved one killer and one victim, who knew each other well.

Elder's bail hearing is scheduled for March 9.

Sources: Chicago Tribune, Daily Mail, The Telegraph, ThoughtCo, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Facebook via Daily Mail

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