Mass. man charged with poisoning daughter, 7, with drain cleaner
(PIX11.COM) NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – A Massachusetts man is accused of poisoning his 7-year-old daughter with drain cleaner, allegedly by dumping the chemicals into a medical tube connected directly to the little girl’s intestines, officials said.
Christopher Conley, 32, of Northampton, has been charged with attempted murder by poisoning, assault and battery upon a child resulting in substantial bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s office, said.
He was arraigned May 21 in Northampton District Court.
Prosecutors allege that Conley poisoned his 7-year-old daughter at their home in April.
“The specific allegation is that the defendant injected ‘Liquid-Plumr’ drain cleaner into his daughter’s cecostomy tube in an attempt to end her life,” Carey said in a statement.
A cecostomy tube is a thin tube placed in the first part of a patient’s large bowel and helps to facilitate bowel movements in children who cannot go naturally, according to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The girl was admitted to a Connecticut hospital where she remains in serious condition with what Carey described as “extensive internal injuries.”
Her father is being held without bail. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 23.
The case remains under investigation by the Northampton Police Department and state police detectives assigned to the Northwestern D.A.’s office.