An Orange County dermatologist accused of poisoning her husband with Drano appeared in court on May 18, 2023, to make a plea to the charges against her: she has pleaded not guilty, according to Law & Crime.
Yue Yu was indicted last month on three felony counts of poisoning and one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury, Law & Crime adds.
Dr. Jack Chen, her husband, first became suspicious in April 2022 upon noticing a chemical taste in his mouth. When he kept falling ill with stomach issues, he set up cameras in the kitchen of the family home, says a statement from the Irvine Police Department (IPD).
The videos, dated July 11, 18, and 25, Yu is seen in her kitchen with a bottle of Drano and appears to pour some into a glass of lemonade which Chen later drinks from, Fox News says. On the same day he made a report to the police, he filed for divorce from Yu, and for full custody of their children.
Chen turned tea samples over to police, who wasted little time in arrested Yu outside of her workplace on August 4, 2022, CBS previously reported.
Chen also accuses Yu and her mother of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse against their two children, CBS says. Law & Crime cites court documents that accuse Yu of even using sleep deprivation on the kids.
Yu’s attorney claims she was using Drano to combat an ant problem in the home, and that Chen made his accusations in order to speed up the divorce and custody order, Law & Crime says.
Steven Hittelman, Chen’s attorney, told Law & Crime that his client has recovered.
Yu is required to “self-report to the Medical Board of California, which will determine whether she will be allowed to continue to practice medicine,” a District Attorney statement says, though Law & Crime adds that Yu can practice medicine pending the trial as per a state agreement. She faces a maximum sentence of eight years and eight months if convicted.
The New York Post reports that Yu’s next court date is scheduled for July 27, 2023.