A Southern California dermatologist accused of poisoning her husband allegedly spiked his scorching lemonade a number of instances with liquid Drano to “attempt to kill him,” the estranged partner stated.
In a surprising assertion to the courtroom obtained completely by The Publish, Jack Chen, 53, stated his spouse of a decade, Yue “Emily” Yu, allegedly put the poison in his scorching lemonade drink a minimum of 3 times in July.
Chen, a radiologist, stated he turned suspicious when he began feeling severely sick and determined to arrange a “nanny cam” of their kitchen, based on his assertion included in a request for a restraining order towards his spouse.
Display grabs of footage offered to the courtroom and obtained by The Publish present Yu holding a big purple plastic bottle and pouring its contents right into a cup. In one other photograph, Chen might be seen consuming from the cup.
The video footage exhibits Yu pouring the contents into her husband’s scorching lemonade drink on July 11 and 18, however Chen claims within the courtroom submitting that he had already been feeling sick for a couple of months earlier than he reported the alleged poisoning to Irvine Police on Thursday.
“This video (from July 18) exhibits me taking a sip of my still-hot lemonade, protecting my cup with Saran wrap, after which of Emily taking the Draino (sic) from underneath the sink, eradicating the protecting to pour the Draino, after which changing the cellophane and placing the Draino (sic) again,” Chen stated in his assertion.
Chen alleged his spouse and his mother-in-law verbally, bodily and emotionally abused him and their two children, who’re 8 and 7-years outdated. Chen was granted a brief restraining order towards his spouse.
Yu was additionally ordered by the courtroom to remain a minimum of 100 yards away from her son and daughter.
“Emily would name me a ‘f–king asshole’ and different insults,” Chen wrote in his declaration. “At present she minimizes my existence by telling the kids in entrance of me, ‘inform him’ to do one thing with out addressing me. She would have the kids to inform me to do menial duties for her.
“Emily’s parenting, in case you might name it that, revolves round yelling, insulting, verbally abusing, hitting, pushing, pulling and being emotionally abusive.”
No costs have been filed towards Yu, who was launched from custody late Friday after posting bond, based on Orange County Sheriff’s data.
Irvine Police Lt. Invoice Bingham informed The Publish, “We do consider this can be a domestic-related incident. There’s nothing that we found that might trigger concern for sufferers that [Yu] handled.”
David Wohl, Yu’s lawyer, informed The Publish his consumer “completely and unequivocally” denies poisoning her husband and abusing him and their kids.
“The one response I’ve to that’s that (Chen’s) desperately making an attempt to get a leg up within the divorce,” Wohl stated. “Think about the truth that he’s filed for divorce and he desires to get any benefit he has. It is a quite common state of affairs, in my regulation follow of greater than 33 years.”
Steven Hittelman, Chen’s lawyer, stated they’re cooperating with investigators and have turned over the video footage to the Orange County DA’s Workplace.
“He first began noticing one thing was improper in March or April, and when he had additional testing accomplished, he started to have fairly important signs,” Hittelman stated. “That’s when he began to equate the chemical tastes to the signs he was experiencing.”
In his declaration, Chen stated he suffered two abdomen ulcers, gastritis and irritation to his esophagus from the alleged poisoning.
Chen filed for each a civil restraining order and divorce on Friday. He’s asking for sole custody of the kids.
In his declaration, Chen alleged Yu and her mom, Yuqin “Amy” Gu, would put him and his two kids by means of painful emotional and verbal abuse. He stated his spouse would allegedly deprive the kids of sleep, typically made them cry and known as them nasty names.
“When Emily will get pissed off and yells on the kids, she’ll generally use a Chinese language phrase that interprets to ‘go die!’ She additionally says to the kids, ‘your head has an issue, ‘your head is sick, ‘go f–okay your self,’ ‘f–king fool,’ ‘silly a–gap,’ and ‘get the f–okay out of my approach.’
He added, “Sole authorized custody will permit me to ensure that Emily and Amy avoid the kids’s faculty in order that they will begin to take pleasure in a extra regular life expertise. Most significantly, our kids must know that they will have a contented and wholesome relationship with me with out worry or retaliation from their mom or grandmother.”
Hittelman stated Chen is “feeling a specific amount of aid” and his well being is slowly getting higher. Chen has needed to step away from his work as a radiologist to take care of the stress and his well being, the lawyer stated.
“He recites a historical past of traumatic abuse to him and his kids from each his spouse and his mother-in-law, and now he’s making an attempt to manage and ensure the 2 kids will get by means of this,” Hittelman informed The Publish. “I’ve represented some very newsworthy circumstances earlier than … and I take care of loads of home violence as a part of the follow, however I’ll inform you, this one is for the books.”