A New York woman has been charged with attempted murder after her four-year-old son told the babysitter that he’d witnessed his mother adding something to his father’s drinks.
Long Island resident Renee Burke was also charged with assault, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child, and a grand jury indicted her.
“Antifreeze is an ethylene glycol liquid-based substance that can be added to water to lower the freezing temperature. It is often used to regulate engine temperatures in vehicles. Ingesting the substance can cause life-threatening complications, according to Healthline.”
Burke made the first attempt on September 6, 2018.
Matthew Burke noticed his wine contained a chemical taste, but that wasn’t the only time he noticed the strange flavor.
According to prosecutors, their 4-year-old son told his babysitter that his mom “had put something in daddy’s drink.”
The father has full custody of the boy, and the couple’s eight-year-old daughter, and the pair were currently embroiled in a contentious divorce. Renee Burke has temporary visitation rights, but no reasons for the arrangement were reported.
After the first alleged poisoning attempt, doctors examined both the victim and the children, but found no injury.
Matthew Burke noticed the same chemical taste in a soda on a different day, and installed a video camera in his house to find out if his wife was putting something in his drink bottles.
Footage showed Renee Burke pouring pink liquid from two baby bottles into Matthew Burke’s wine after he’d installed the equipment.
Burke pleaded not guilty to all the charges, and her lawyer declined comment.
On each poisoning attempt, Burke broke into the father’s apartment and added antifreeze to his drinks.
Burke was ordered held on $200,000 cash bail, and claimed that she was pouring ‘fruit juice’ into her husband’s drinks.
Investigators found antifreeze at Renee Burke’s residence, and the investigation of her phone found that she’d made Google searches with the phrase, “What liquids for cars can kill a human?”
She faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty.