Woman Allegedly Poisons Boyfriend's Water with Visine

Dan Abrams discusses legal implications of Vikki Jo Mills' alleged actions against boyfriend.
3:00 | 08/14/12

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The woman who tried to poison her boyfriend with the visine didn't follow ginger's advice. Linsey davis is here with that. Reporter: Makes you want to cover your coffee this morning. There's about 15,000 of these poisoning cases this year. Typically, women are the culprits. While they're often motivated by a number of things, vicki joe mills said she tried to poison the father of her child, not for money or revenge. But for something else entirely. For years, thurmond suffered from nausea and vomiting, blood pressure fluctuation and difficulty breathing. He told police he suspected someone was putting something in his water. Police say that someone was this woman, his 33-year-old girlfriend, vicki jo mills. We drew blood to send away to the lab to see what chemical it might possibly may be. Reporter: And the something she was allegedly lacing his water with. Visine. It gets the red out. Reporter: Visine is apparently capable of doing much more than get the red out. According to medical experts, when administered orally, visine can cause bad side effects. Police arrested mills thursday, charging her with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, for reportedly putting the bri drops in her boyfriend's drinking water about a dozen times over the last three years. According to the affidavit, she never meant to kill him. Only wanted him to pay more attention to her. In most of the scenarios, it's women attempting to poison men. And they tend to use what is readily available. Reporter: Eye drops are clearly readily available. This ohio woman spent 15 days in jail earlier this year, after she put eye drops in her co-worker's coffee. She said she did it for revenge. That's also what this north carolina woman says caused her to put it in her co-worker's drink at pizza hut. It did not lead to death. It left the victims seeing red. Mills remains out on bail and heads back to court next month, george. Let's get to dan abrams. The police not charging attempted murder. Going for assault. That tells you what they're thinking about her motivation. They're not claiming she was trying to kill him. They're saying, in essence, she was trying to harm him. That's why you have the charges here of assault, not attempted murder. She is claiming she was doing this to get his attention. I think that makes this particularly sad, probably a level of sympathy towards her on the part of the authorities here, as well. Still, not much of a defense, right? Not a legal -- it's not a legal defense. My guess is, this is the kind of case that never goes to trial. Why? These are the types of cases that tend to plead out. If she really did confess, as the authorities claim. The authorities say she confessed to doing it. Here's why I did it. Those are the kind of cases that tend to never make it to trial. They tend to work out an agreement. They tend to give someone a very low sentence. A lot will depend on the boyfriend. That's right. The question is, is he ready to move forward? Is he ready to testify? Does he want a deal? How angry is he? These are the sorts of things that become relevant in determining what kind of deal. Does the judge take that into consideration, when they put this off for a few months? Maybe a cooling-off period. I don't think the cooling-off period is that impactive for the judge. But why? Did the boyfrid ask the authorities to hold off for a little while? And let's make sure to coordinate our outfits again tomorrow. You know, that phone call -- yeah. Before we start the segment, we have to do that.

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