TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Houston oncologist allegedly poisons her lover

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 5:33 p.m.
 

HOUSTON — Prosecutors have charged a Houston oncologist with spiking her lover and coworker's coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical used in antifreeze and medical research, causing serious health problems including renal failure.

Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, a breast cancer oncologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was charged last week with aggravated assault against Dr. George Blumenschein, a specialist in lung and head and neck cancers at the institution. The two were in “a casual sexual relationship,” according to a criminal complaint.

The complaint said Blumenschein, who joined M.D. Anderson in 2000, suffered a protracted loss of the use of his kidneys and is being treated for it. M.D. Anderson officials would not say whether he is back at work.

Gonzalez-Angulo's lawyer, Derek Hollingsworth, told the Houston Chronicle that she is “completely innocent.”

Gonzalez-Angulo, who joined M.D. Anderson in 2003, is free on $50,000 bail.

Authorities allege that Blumenschein was poisoned on Jan. 27 when he was in Gonzalez-Angulo's home.

According to the charges, when Blumenschein complained that his coffee tasted sweet, she told him she'd added Splenda and told him to finish it, after which she made him another cup.

Within four hours, he began experiencing slurred speech, poor balance and a loss of fine motor skills.

He was taken to an emergency center, where he was found to have central nervous system depression, cardiopulmonary complications and renal failure. He later had to undergo dialysis.

A 24-hour urine test found crystals consistent with ethylene glycol poisoning, according to the complaint. It said a county toxicologist concurred with the assessment.

A toxicology report by a third expert indicated Blumenschein's acute severe metabolic acidosis “more likely than not” was due to ethylene glycol poisoning.

Ethylene glycol, a solvent and starting material for the synthesis of more complex molecules, is present in all M.D. Anderson laboratories, a cancer center research administrator said in the complaint. As a result, Gonzalez-Angulo had access to the substance, according to investigators.

“She is a distinguished citizen and scientist, and these allegations are totally inconsistent with her personal and professional life,” Hollingsworth said.

M.D. Anderson officials said Gonzalez-Angulo is on paid administrative leave, but they declined to comment further.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Oil spill in Washington river endangers wildlife
  2. Physicians’ organization cites shortages of doctors will grow, mostly in senior care
  3. Petraeus, Justice Department reach plea deal on secret info given to mistress
  4. Railroad measure awaits House approval
  5. GOP admits defeat as Congress approves Homeland funding
  6. Feds find sweeping racial bias in Ferguson
  7. Supremacist to go on trial for capital murder in slayings of 3 at Jewish sites in Kan.
  8. Mother of 12-year-old shot dead by police criticizes Cleveland for faulting son, failing to apologize
  9. Case on Obamacare tax subsidies heads to Supreme Court
  10. States ask judge not to lift stay in immigration lawsuit
  11. FDA orders warning on testosterone pills