MILTON — A recent potential poisoning investigation led to attempted homicide charges being filed Monday against an in-home health assistant.
Troopers filed the charges against Tina M. Young, 37, of Montandon, along with two counts apiece of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person.
The filing by Trooper Justin Roboschil alleged that Young admitted upon investigation to putting ground up pieces of rodent poison in cigarette tobacco.
The papers said Young often rolled cigarettes as part of her chores for the alleged victims, Albert C. Mench, 80, and Cheryl H. Mench, 73, of West Chillisquaque Township, Northumberland County. An unidentified bright green substance was found both in the cigarettes and loose tobacco purportedly intended for the couple. Young, the investigator noted, was appointed power of attorney for the couple and named in their will as the recipient of their assets.
Young had also allegedly forged a $2,500 check to pay for overdue rent using a Mench account, which led to her being asked to leave. Young was said to have admitted to investigators that the bright green substance put into the tobacco was mouse poison found under the household’s outdoor oil tank. It was placed in a sealable bag with water and crushed before she said it was added to the tobacco.
Young related to troopers “she was frustrated with the prospect of getting fired” but knew she would get a sizable amount of money in the event of the couple’s death.
Straight bail of $250,000 was set when the suspect was arraigned before MDJ Michael Diehl in Milton on Monday afternoon. Bail was to be supervised and no contact with the victims was permitted.
Unable to post bail, troopers noted Young is now jailed in Northumberland County. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, in Milton.