Vermont woman held for 'testing ricin on fellow care home residents'

Vermont woman held for 'testing ricin on fellow care home residents'

Vermont woman held for 'testing ricin on fellow care home residents'

A Vermont retiree planning to "injure herself" tested the efficacy of homemade ricin poison on other residents of Shelburne's Wake Robin retirement community, federal investigators said.

The court documents state the day before, Miller told health care providers she had tried to poison other residents at Wake Robin and that she drove to the University of Vermont Medical Center for evaluation and observation. Citing the seriousness of the charge against Miller and her "lengthy mental health history", Conroy said the extra time was warranted.

Federal officials say Miller manufactured between two and three tablespoons of ricin on two separate occasions in the kitchen of her home.

Betty Miller was arrested for making ricin in her apartment, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement, according to WCAX.

The Health Department said Friday that it became aware of one person who likely became ill with ricin poisoning but said no one is now ill with ricin poisoning.

FBI investigators say she used instructions printed from the Internet to make ricin, an extremely toxic poison, out of castor beans picked from a garden at Wake Robin.

Investigators found a pill bottle half full with powder labeled as ricin in a basket in a kitchen cabinet of Miller's apartment a midst other pill bottles labeled "apple seed", "cherry seed" and "yew seed", the complaint said.

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The team also found what appeared to be instructions from the internet on how to make ricin. On at least three occasions she exposed other residents to ricin to test it, the documents say. If the deadly drug is ingested, symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, and seizures.

Truman said department officials continue to work closely with Wake Robin administrators to ensure the health and safety of residents. The resident of the apartment in question is now involved with the criminal justice system and will not be returning to Wake Robin.

No residents reported symptoms consistent with ricin poison, the complaint says.

Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans and can be turned into a powder, mist or pellet, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"This was an isolated incident". Wake Robin worked closely with them as they conducted their investigation. By her own admission, she administered those substances to other residents in order to test their efficacy. Ricin is a highly toxic substance that only takes a few grains the size of table salt to kill a human. The statement said Wake Robin officials would not be granting interviews on the matter nor would news media be allowed on the Wake Robin property.

A sign marks the entrance to the Wake Robin retirement community, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Shelburne, Vt.

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