A 39-year-old woman in Jaíba , Brazil has been arrested on suspicion of concocting the poisoned chocolates
She allegedly poisoned her ex-partner who was days away from marrying his new fiancée
Dione Quirino, 35, and Amanda Cassia Lopes, 27, and three others were hospitalized after eating chocolate, given as a pre-wedding present, on Sept. 23
The bride, groom, two other adults and a two-year-old were hospitalized, falling sick after eating the poisoned confectionary
The family dog ate the a piece of the treat and died as a result
Interviewing victims and family members, investigators identified the groom’s ex as the main suspect
Police also obtained damning information including CCTV and camera phone footage, analysis of the chocolate, as well as bio-evidence from victims and dog
In her police interview, the suspect said she had a 13-year relationship with Quirino – the pair had a son, but separated after allegations of infidelity made by Quirino
She was never able to accept the end of the relationship or that her ex had moved on with someone else,, family members said
To mask her tracks, “the suspect went to another city, about 43.5 miles from Jaíba, and from there she delivered the order through a motorcycle taxi driver to a cabbie, who then delivered it to the victims, police
Executing a search warrant against the suspect’s home, police recovered the bag used in the delivery, which the couriers had returned to her
A jealous woman has been arrested for poisoning her ex-boyfriend and his new fiancée with a tampered box of chocolates just days before they were due to be married.
Dione Quirino, 35, and his fiancée Amanda Cassia Lopes, 27, received a delivery of chocolates at home in Jaíba in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Thursday September 23, three days ahead of their weekend wedding.
The couple ate the chocolate, assuming they were simply an early wedding gift, but quickly discovered they had ingested some kind of poison. In addition to Dione and Amanda, the bride’s mother, sister-in-law and niece also ate the confectionary.
Apart from the soon to wed bride and groom, Quirino, and Lopes, the bride’s mother, sister-in-law and two-year-old niece also ate the confectionary. The four adults and the toddler were all poisoned by the chocolates and hospitalized after experiencing severe sickness.
Meanwhile, the family dog, that was given a two pieces of the poisoned chocolate, died as a result.
Police have arrested a woman believed to be the groom-to-be’s ex-girlfriend on suspicion of the poisoning.
A woman whose name not disclosed due to the ongoing investigation, was arrested a day after the alleged poisoning incident on Friday.
She was later identified by the police as the ex-girlfriend of the groom-to-be.
The police said that a taxi driver delivered the gift, consisting of chocolates and some glasses, that was addressed to the bride.
Believing it was a wedding gift, the group ate the gifted chocolate, giving a few of the treats to a toddler as well as the family dog.
The dog was the first to fall sick, according to reports, and later died from the as yet unidentified poison, while all five people were taken to hospital after experiencing severe sickness.
A two-year-old, who has not been identified, also fell seriously ill after ingesting the chocolates and sharing them with the family dog.
After interviewing the victims and other family members, the police identified the groom’s ex-partner as the main suspect. Her name was not released.
According to police chief Marconi Vieira Rocha, investigations show that the suspect, an ex-girlfriend of the groom who did not accept the new relationship, sent the sweets from another city in an attempt to cover her tracks.
The 39-year-old suspect said she had a 13-year relationship with Quirino.
According to the victims, the suspect did not accept the end of the relationship with her ex, much less his engagement with another woman. The suspect herself told police that Lopes was the cause of the end of her relationship with Quirino
The two had a son and separated after allegations of infidelity he’d made, the ex said in her police interview.
The suspect went to Janaúba, about 43.5 miles from Jaíba, and from there she delivered the order through a motorcycle taxi driver, who then delivered it to a taxi driver who received less than $1 [R$ 5] to deliver the package to the victims, police said.
The medical diagnosis revealed that the victims had a severe cholinergic syndrome after intoxication, a condition characterized by changes in mental status and muscle weakness.
A police statement said that authorities are reviewing a wealth of information including CCTV footage and camera phone footage, and are conducting analysis of the chocolates, the victims’ body fluid samples and the contents of the deceased dog’s digestive tract to determine the cause of death.
The remaining contents of the box of chocolates was seized for forensic analysis. Executing a search warrant against the suspect’s home, police recovered the bag used in the delivery, which the couriers had returned to her.
No information has yet been released about the substance used in the chocolates and the incident remains under investigation.