Chardon Woman Sentenced for Poisoning Co-worker’s Coffee

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A Chardon woman was sentenced to 15 days in jail and 30 days on house arrest for assaulting a co-worker by putting eye drops in the woman’s coffee.

Kaitlin Delaney, 22, received the sentence on Friday from Mentor Municipal Court acting Judge Richard Morris.

Officials at the Mentor Municipal Court tell Fox 8 News’ that Delaney will begin serving the jail sentence on April 4, 2012 at the Lake County jail after she completes the 30 day house arrest.

Delaney, who was a waitress at The Lakeshore Eatery in Mentor, admitted to placing eye drops in the coffee of a co-worker on August 1, 2011. The co-worker was the daughter of the business owner.

According to an arrest report obtained by Fox 8 News on the incident, Delany was initially charged with contaminating, a first degree felony. That crime carried a possible 3-10 year jail term according to Mentor Municipal court.

She later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of assault.

Delaney told police during questioning that she was upset that a friend had been fired from the restaurant and committed the crime to get back at her bosses.

The co-worker had to be admitted to Hillcrest Hospital the evening of the assault, according to the incident report, after she became ill and began dry-heaving and vomiting.

After completing her stay in jail Delaney will be placed on 12 months of probation.

Delaney has been ordered to continue counseling and has to pay restitution to victim.

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