A New York woman allegedly attempted to poison her estranged husband by spiking his drinks with antifreeze and their son told a third party about the attempt.
Long Island resident Renee Burke was charged Thursday with attempted murder, assault, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child, 6abc Action News reported Saturday. A grand jury indicted Burke, 40, for her alleged crimes, according to ABC.
Burke attempted to poison her husband, Matthew Burke, by putting antifreeze in his beverages on a number of occasions, according to prosecutors.
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, a website that covers a full spectrum of medicine and offers expert medical advice.
Renee Burke first attempted to poison her husband on Sept. 6, 2018, according to prosecutors, ABC reported. After Matthew Burke noticed his wine contained a chemical taste, their 4-year-old son disclosed to his babysitter that his mom “had put something in daddy’s drink,” prosecutors allege, according to ABC.