A woman has been charged with first-degree murder after police say she overpowered her boyfriend during a fight and forced him to swallow bleach, killing him.
Authorities said Yasmine Elder, 24, got into an argument around 1:45am Monday with her boyfriend, Darrius Ellis, 26, while they were sitting in a van in the south side of Chicago in West Englewood, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Elder allegedly forced Ellis down and poured chlorine bleach down his throat, according to police.
Officers who were called to the scene found him lying on the ground and he was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to the chemical at 3:26am, according to the outlet.
Elder was arrested around 5:30pm Monday on the 6400 block of South Paulina Street.
An autopsy determined that Ellis died of ‘complications from forcible administration of a caustic substance.’
Relatives said he had a five-year-old son. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he worked as a welder and graduated from Kennedy-King College.
‘He was a good kid,’ his maternal grandfather, Clarence Hebron, told the outlet. ‘Everybody loved him.’
His aunt, Mengyona Flowers, wrote on Facebook: ‘My nephew, this was a good young man trying his best. To help everybody taking my grand babies to school and picking them up every day. We loved him but God loved him best.’
While experts say a mouthful of swallowed bleach isn’t likely to kill, but drinking a lot of it could cause death.
Symptoms range from pain and irritation in the mouth and throat; pain and possible burns in the esophagus and vomiting, convulsing, shock, gastrointestinal tract and internal organs, according to How Stuff Works.