Police: Pa. woman used eye drops to make man ill so he would 'pay more attention to her'

Vickie Jo Mills of Ayr Township held in lieu of $75,000 bond

August 10, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • Vickie Jo Mills
Franklin County (Pa.) Jail

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. — A Fulton County woman is accused of using eyedrops to make a man ill so he would “pay more attention to her,” Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County said.

Vickie Jo Mills, 33, of 18250 Great Cove Road in Ayr Township, Pa., was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, police said.

Mills was arraigned Friday before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott and taken to Franklin County (Pa.) Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.

Mills is accused of putting eyedrops in the drinking water of Thurman Edgar Nesbitt III, 45, address not given, since June 2009, police said. Nesbitt “has been seriously ill over the same time period,” police said.

On July 17, Dr. Harry Johnston went to the barracks in McConnellsburg and told police he has been treating Nesbitt for nausea, vomiting and elevated and dropping blood pressure for years, the affidavit of probable cause said. The doctor believed that eyedrops were being put in Nesbitt’s water, and Nesbitt agreed to have blood drawn to be tested for tetrahydrozoline, it said.

Tetrahydrozoline is a chemical found in over-the-counter eyedrops and nasal sprays, according to the website for MedlinePlus.

Orally ingesting the chemical can cause a number of symptoms, including high blood pressure at first, followed by low blood pressure, as well as nausea and vomiting, the affidavit said.

Nesbitt’s blood sample was tested by a private forensics laboratory, the affidavit said. The lab results received by police July 27 showed Nesbitt’s blood contained 49 nanograms per milliliter of tetrahydrozoline, it said.

Mills was interviewed by police Thursday, the affidavit said.

Mills agreed to speak with police and, according to the affidavit, said, “She never meant to kill him, only wanted to make him pay more attention to her.”

Mills told police she had placed eyedrops in Nesbitt’s drinking water on 10 to 12 different occasions over three years.

A preliminary hearing for Mills is scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Fulton County Courthouse, according to Mellott’s office.

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