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Home  |  News  |  MAN ARRESTED FOR POURING BLEACH TO CONTAMINATE WATER USED FOR DIALYSIS MACHINES

MAN ARRESTED FOR POURING BLEACH TO CONTAMINATE WATER USED FOR DIALYSIS MACHINES
Thursday, August 2, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Wednesday, August 1 arrested a 49-year-old Leesville man on charges that the man poured chlorine bleach into a water holding tank in order to contaminate the water supply for dialysis machines operated at a medical services clinic on Sum Mor Drive near West Columbia. Clinic employees found that water in the holding tank had been contaminated before the water was supplied to dialysis machines used for patients at the clinic.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested Donald Albert Foster, III, 49, of 105 Laura Brodie Road, Leesville, at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday on arrest warrants on charges of attempted murder and second-degree burglary. Foster was being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Foster is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 2 for a bond hearing, Metts said. The bond hearing will be conducted at a courtroom that is adjacent to the front entrance of the county Detention Center at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington.

Arrest warrants allege that Foster unlawfully entered Fresenius Medical Services, 105 Sum Mor Drive, West Columbia, at about 9 p.m. on July 7, Metts said. The medical services clinic suspended Foster without pay from his employment as a patient care technician and equipment technician on July 2, and Foster was directed to not enter the clinic or trespass on the property.

Arrest warrants further allege that Foster knowingly and willfully used chlorine bleach to contaminate water in a water holding tank that is used to supply water for dialysis machines that the medical services clinic operates, Metts said. Foster knew from training that he received at the clinic that the contaminated water would kill any patients whose bodies received the contaminated water while they underwent dialysis treatment at the clinic.

On July 9, employees at the medical services clinic performed a regular test of water in the holding tank that supplies water used for dialysis machines that the clinic operates and found very high levels of chlorine in the water as a result of chlorine bleach being added to the water, Metts said. The level of chlorine in the water was so high that it would have killed any patients whose bodies received the contaminated water while they underwent dialysis treatment at the clinic.

Under South Carolina law, attempted murder is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison, Metts said. Second-degree burglary is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison.

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