Orange County dermatologist indicted on charge of poisoning husband with liquid drain cleaner

"This tea tastes nasty ... "

CNN — A California dermatologist was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly poisoning her husband with liquid drain cleaner, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Yue “Emily” Yu, 46, has been indicted on three felony counts of poisoning and one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury, according to a Wednesday press release.

Yu’s attorney, Scott Simmons, says his client will plead not guilty. He says the husband engineered these events in order to take advantage of Yu in divorce court.

Yu’s husband, Jack Chen, who also is a doctor, stated in court documents that he was poisoned with a liquid cleaner and that she was trying to kill him.

“I started noticing a chemical taste in my lemonade. Eventually I developed symptoms that had me see the doctor who performed an examination and diagnosed me with two stomach ulcers, gastritis, and esophagitis,” Chen said in court documents filed for his divorce, restraining order and custody of their two children.

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“Our homes should be where we feel the safest. Yet, a licensed medical professional capitalized on her husband’s daily rituals to torment her husband by systematically plying his tea with a Drano-like substance intending to cause him pain and suffering.” – Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer 

After noticing a strange taste in his drink, Chen installed cameras in the kitchen to see if he could capture any evidence of why his drink tasted strange, the district attorney’s office said.

According to court documents, Chen has videos of three separate occasions of Yu “pouring Draino [sic] taken from under our kitchen sink and pouring it into my lemonade.”

In one of the videos, Chen said his hot lemonade was covered with plastic wrap. He said the video then shows Yu “taking the Draino [sic] from under the sink …


About Dr. Yue Yu, MD

Age 46, Dermatology – Dr. Yue Yu, MD is a dermatologist in Mission Viejo, CA. Dr. Yu studied at WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY. They [sic] currently practice at Mission Heritage Mission Viejo – Dermatology. Dr. Yu is board certified in Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery and accepts accepts multiple insurance plans. SOURCE

See the video at the center of an alleged poisoning attempt by dermatologist | 02:35 – Source: KCAL

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