CHANDLER, Ariz. – A 65-year-old Sun Lakes woman was arrested after Chandler police in Arizona said she injected fecal matter into her husband's IV while he was recovering from surgery.
Rosemary Vogel faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder.
Police said the 66-year-old man was in recovery following a surgical procedure at Chandler Regional Hospital on Thursday and his wife was in the room with him.
Hospital staff went to the room after the warning alarm on the monitoring machines sounded and found Vogel manipulating her husband's IV, according to Sgt. Joe Favazzo. A nurse found that the IV had a brown substance in the line and immediately removed it from the man's arm.
Favazzo said Vogel attempted to drain the fluid from the line into a wastebasket, but the nurse intervened.
The substance was tested in the hospital's lab and was found to contain fecal matter.
Police found three syringes in Vogel's purse. Two contained fluid and the third appeared to have trace amounts of fecal matter still present, according to Favazzo.
According to the probable cause statement written by police, Vogel is a registered nurse and at one time was an employee at the hospital.
The victim is expected to survive but is still recovering in the hospital.
Police said they do not know why Vogel was injecting the fluid into her husband's IV.
The case remains open and the investigation is ongoing.