Police: Janitor Used Floor Cleaner to Poison Boss's Soda

Saturday, September 3, 2016


TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida high school janitor has been charged with poisoning his boss's drink with a floor wax remover.


Lake County Sheriff's officials charged Russell Terrence Smith on Friday with poisoning food.


Authorities said in a news release that head custodian Jackie Rocket-Smart Hansell told them she and Smith had been at odds over her recent promotion. Hansell left a soda on her desk and walked away. When she returned, she took a big sip and said it burned her throat.


Hansell was hospitalized Monday, but her condition wasn't released.


Citing an arrest affidavit, the Orlando Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/jjhov2r) reported that Smith said he thought Hansell poisoned her drink herself.


No one responded immediately to a message left with the sheriff's office Friday.


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