Jan 31, 2014 1:18 PM by Faye DeHoff
CHANDLER - A Chandler woman is under arrest after hospital workers caught her putting fecal matter into her husband's IV.
Chandler Police say they were called to the Chandler Regional Hospital on Thursday and were told hospital workers responded to a recovery room when warning alarms sounded on monitoring machines. Inside the room, a 66-year old man was recovering from a surgical procedure. When the staff got into the room, they noticed the man's wife, Rosemary Vogel, manipulating her husband's IV. The staff found that the IV had a brown substance in the line and immediately removed it from his arm. Rosemary attempted to drain the fluid from the line into a waste basket, but the nurse intervened.
The substance was tested in their lab and found to contain fecal matter. Rosemary was placed under arrest for aggravated assault. A search of her purse revealed three more syringes, two of which contained fluid, and the third appeared to have trace amounts of fecal matter still present. Her charges have been upgraded to attempted 1st degree murder.
The victim is expected to survive, but remains in the hospital recovering from the surgical procedure and the attempt on his life. At this time, police have no motive. The investigation is ongoing.