A Missouri woman accused of poisoning her husband with a poisonous plant has been charged with attempted murder

A Missouri woman accused of poisoning her husband with a poisonous plant has been charged with attempted murder

A Missouri woman accused of poisoning her husband has been charged with attempted murder, officials said Wednesday.

The Jefferson County Police Department said in a statement that its officers investigated a call “involving allegations of intentional poisoning of his wife” on January 16. The victim told officers he believed his unexplained illness was actually due to the poisoning of his wife, who had been identified. By CBS affiliate KRCG as 37-year-old Sarah Schaefer.

According to court documents reviewed by KRCG, the man said he had been suspicious of his wife and believed she had been putting substances in his food and drinks for about six weeks. He experienced symptoms of fatigue, confusion, blurred vision, dry mouth and nausea.

Sarah Shafer

Cole County Jail


He also told police he saw a bag labeled “lily of the valley” on a table in their home. He also saw a green bowl with what he said was a root from the bag. The man showed police a photo of the bowl and a video of Shaver making juice using its contents. The man brought the juice to law enforcement. It was submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol laboratory for testing.

“Research at a national poison control center indicated that all parts of the substance used contain many cardiac glycosides, which slow the heart and cause an irregular heartbeat,” the police said in the press release. The substance also can cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. According to information published by Mount Sinai's website, lily of the valley can cause symptoms that include lethargy, confusion, blurred vision, and nausea, along with dozens of other symptoms.

When they met with Schiffer, she admitted to putting lily of the valley in her husband's food and knew it was illegal and would cause harm, police said.

In addition to attempted murder, Schaefer was charged with armed criminal action.

Schaefer was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Cole County Jail at 7:46 p.m

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