The Sheriff's Department in Otsego County, New York, says it happened
Two certified nursing assistants at a local nursing home decided they needed
to "get even" with a male staff member over something, so they prepared
some laxative-laden brownies and set them out for him to eat. He didn't eat
them, but three female co-workers did and became ill as a result, suffering
from tingly mouths and throats as well as gastrointestinal problems.
Nursing home Administrator Edmond Marchi told a local newspaper, The Daily
Star of Oneonta, that when the three employees became ill, no one suspected
their illnesses were related.
"Then, after a while, as people were talking more about it, we realized
something had happened," Marchi said.
Marchi called in the Sheriff's Department, and its investigation resulted
in the two assistants being charged with second-degree assault.
The three victims have recovered, but the two nursing assistants -- Pamela
S. Schultz, 41, and Laura A. Montalbano, 34 -- face a maximum sentence of 2
1/3 to 7 years in prison if convicted of the assault charge.
Marchi said both women stopped working for the nursing home in the summer,
though it couldn't be determined whether they were fired or resigned.
"I think it started as a practical joke, but we can't have that kind
of behavior here," he said.
Daily Star of Oneonta, New York