A Nevada woman who put poison in her husband's food is now a fugitive from the law.
In 2015, Andrea Heming pleaded guilty to putting boric acid in her husband's Lucky Charms cereal, energy drinks and whipped cream, the Daily Mail reports. Then, the night before she was to be sentenced, she fled. Officials believe she is now hiding in Mexico.
Heming told police she put the substance in his food to avoid having sex with him. "I wouldn't use that much to kill him, but just enough to make him not have an erection."
She told the police her husband had tried to have "unwanted" sex with her while she was asleep.
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Her ex-husband, who is identified only as "Ralph," is bewildered that she was able to escape. "I was very surprised. I thought we had a better system of keeping track and holding people responsible."
As for the effects of the poison, he explained: "I had been getting sick awhile back. Like six to eight months. I got stomach cramps." He did not disclose whether or not it prevented him from getting an erection.
In an interview with KSNV, Ralph said it wasn't the first time she had poisoned someone. "She did reveal to me a story where she was a flight attendant at one time, and she had a customer -- you know a passenger who was she said was unruly. She actually put sedatives in her drink."
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According to FBI statistics, poison is more popular among women killers than it is among men, 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.
Although boric acid is an ingredient in more than 500 products sold in the U.S., it is not a popular choice among homicidal poisoners. As noted by the National Pesticide Information Center, it is "low in toxicity if eaten or if it contacts skin."
But the chemical can have some adverse effects, as the NPIC explains:
People who have eaten boric acid have had nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, and diarrhea. Diarrhea and vomit may have a blue-green color. Eating extreme amounts has resulted in a red, "boiled lobster" like skin rash, followed by skin loss. People who breathed in borax had a dry mouth, nose, and throat. Coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, and nose bleeds have also been reported. Infants are more sensitive to pesticide exposures. Some infants that ate large amounts of boric acid also had nervous system effects. These include abnormal postures, convulsions, confusion, and coma.
Heming faces up to 15 years in prison if she is ever caught.