Prosecutors Weigh Criminal Charges in Case of Woman Hospitalized From Toxic Iced Tea

Prosecutors debate filing criminal charges against restaurant that served Jan Harding a drink containing Lye.
1:59 | 08/22/14

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Now to the Utah woman who almost died after drinking toxic iced tea laced with the chemical lye. The woman's condition is improving as prosecutors decide if they file any criminal charges against the restaurant that served her the dangerous drink. ABC's Brandi Hitt has the latest for us. She continues to get better, we're excited about that. Reporter: This morning Jan Harding is slowly recovering at a Utah hospital now able to speak less than two weeks after nearly dying from a simple sip of iced tea. Unknowingly laced with industrial cleaner. Her memory is taking that sip and mouth and throat being on fire and spitting and gagging and doing everything she could to get it out of her mouth. Reporter: They're claiming this wasn't the first such incident alleging an employee at the dickey's barbecue pit also burned her tongue a month earlier on the same substance. A degreeser made up of lye. To me it means that the company was on notice there was a hazardous substance that wasn't properly labeled or controlled. Reporter: Dickey's restaurant did not immediately comment on the new allegations. Harding drafk the tea earlier this month after an employee mistook the substance for sugar accide accidentally mixing it in. The district attorney currently investigating says he will likely decide whether to file criminal charges by next week. Our office is treating this with the seriousness it deswerves and we want to do the right thing. Reporter: Dickey's saying in a statement the worker involved in making the toxic tea no longer works for the company. Adding the entire dickey's family is saddened by the events that occurred in Utah and takes this incident very seriously. I want there to be change to whatever extent there needs to be change so this never happens again. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Brandi Hitt, ABC news, Los Angeles. People are watching and we wish her well in her continued recovery. All right, Lara.

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