New York woman accused of trying to kill estranged husband with antifreeze
A Long Island woman was indicted for allegedly attempting to kill her estranged husband by adding antifreeze to his drinks, local media reported.
A grand jury indicted Renee Burke, 40, on Thursday on multiple charges including attempted murder, WABC reported.
Prosecutors in Suffolk County claim Burke broke into her estranged husband’s apartment three separate times in September, NBC News reported.
In the first incident, her husband – who has primary custody of their two children – took a sip of wine after coming home from work, then immediately spit it out because it had a chemical taste, per WABC.
Prosecutors said the couple’s four-year-old son told a babysitter the next day that his mom “had put something in daddy’s drink,” said WABC.
After it happened a second time with a bottle of soda, Burke’s husband, Matthew Burke, was advised by police to install security cameras in his apartment, NBC News reported.
Authorities say a surveillance video then showed Renee Burke, with her daughter present, pouring antifreeze held in baby bottles into a wine bottle, reports NBC.
“It’s not only disturbing that the defendant attempted to murder her estranged husband, but that she did so in the presence of children,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini, per WABC.
Renee Burke pleaded not guilty, the Associated Press reported.
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