Coffee poisoning: An oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson was charged last week after her lover and colleague experienced kidney failure among other effects that may have been caused by poison in his coffee.
When George Blumenschein noted the sweetness of his coffee, Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo told him she had added sweetener, and served him another cup, according to a complaint filed with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The sweetener may have been ethylene glycol, a sweet-tasting chemical.
About 16 hours later, Blumenschein got emergency medical treatment. He suffered central nervous system depression, cardiopulmonary complications, renal failure, and kidney failure, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Gonzalez-Angulo’s attorney Derek Hollingsworth told the Chronicle, “She is a distinguished citizen and scientist, and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life.”
He said she is innocent and the district attorney’s office is investigating further. Gonzalez-Angulo was released on $50,000 bail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.