A teacher accused of poisoning her husband's juice with toxic lily of the valley in the United States | US News

A teacher accused of poisoning her husband's juice with toxic lily of the valley in the United States |  US News

Sarah Schiffer's partner installed surveillance equipment in their home after suspecting his wife had contaminated his food and drink over a period of several weeks, leaving him feeling ill.


Friday 19 January 2024 at 14:20, United Kingdom

A teacher in the US has been charged with attempted murder after she was caught on a hidden camera poisoning her husband's juice.
Sarah Shaver's partner installed surveillance equipment after suspecting his wife had been contaminating his food and drink over a period of several weeks, leaving him feeling unwell.

When questioned by police in Missouri, the 37-year-old woman allegedly admitted to adding lily of the valley root to a blender “with the intent to harm the victim,” according to the probable cause statement.

It also stated: “The accused admitted that he knew that eating lily of the valley could lead to death.”

Despite its delicate appearance and scent, the plant is highly toxic.

“The victim described eight incidents in which the defendant was served a drink or food that had a strange taste and shortly after consuming it he felt extremely tired, disoriented, blurred vision, severe queasiness in the mouth, and nausea,” the statement read.

Schiffer allegedly confronted her husband on New Year's Day, after bringing him a drink that had a “bitter taste.”

The suspect allegedly said she urinated in the drink, then “admitted to putting a strong industrial adhesive in it,” and then denied putting anything in the drink.

Her husband then allegedly set up a camera that captured images of Schaffer making him juice.

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She allegedly added a root from a bag labeled “lily of the valley” that her husband had previously seen on a table in their home.

The police confiscated the juice that was placed in the refrigerator to be submitted to a government laboratory for examination.

Schaefer is currently being held in the Cole County Jail because police believe she would be at risk of failing to appear in court in response to a criminal summons.

She allegedly said she was in a relationship with someone in Pakistan and “did Google searches for flights” to the country.

Schaefer is said to be a design and art teacher at Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City.

Her name and photo appear to have been deleted from the school's website after her arrest.

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Calvary Lutheran High School said in a statement to ABC News that police informed it of a “criminal matter involving an employee” who has since been placed on leave.

“The alleged conduct was outside the scope of the employee’s involvement with the school and did not involve a student or any other school employee,” John Christman, Calvary Lutheran’s executive director, said in the statement.

“As a Christian community, Calvary Lutheran High School believes in protecting the well-being of all individuals who are part of our programs and we strive to respond in a caring and sensitive manner to each individual in our school community.

“With this in mind, consistent action has been taken in response to the notification.”

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