Home health care aide, 34, is arrested for ‘trying to POISON 93-year-old man by mixing opioids into his food so she could spend $50,000 on his credit cards for home décor and clothing’
- Mallory Giles of Huron, Ohio, was arrested on Thursday and charged with attempted murder and theft
- The 34-year-old is accused of taking a 93-year-old patient’s credit cards, which he gave for her to buy his essentials, and spending $50,000 on herself
- When family members noticed strange spending, in April, she was questioned by police in Sandusky
- During their inquiries, the elderly man was rushed to hospital with an opioid overdose, and police concluded he had been poisoned by Giles
- In body camera footage released by Sandusky police, she is asked about her actions and replies: ‘I don’t know why I did it’
A home carer in Ohio has been arrested and charged with attempted murder and theft after she allegedly stole $50,000 from a 93-year-old man she was looking after, and then when police began investigating tried to poison him.
Police bodycam recorded Mallory Giles, 34, of Huron, Ohio, telling arresting officers on Thursday that: ‘I don’t know why I did it’. She is currently being held in the Erie County Jail on a bond of $560,000.
The elderly patient’s daughter had contacted the police in April after noticing strange transactions on his credit card.
Mallory Giles, 34, is seen in her booking photo released by Erie County Sheriff’s Office. She is currently being held in jail in Ohio, on charges of attempted murder and theft
A handcuffed Giles is seen on Thursday in body camera footage from detectives who questioned her at her home in Huron, Ohio
The patient, who has not been named, had given the card to Giles, as his carer, so she could purchase his essentials.
But police on the body camera footage tell Giles: ‘You basically outfitted your entire house with all of these credit cards.’
Lt. Scott Dahlgren told Fox 8: ‘We believe there were shoes that were included in that, clothing, furniture for her residence, wall décor, outside lawn care items.’
During the police investigation, the victim was suddenly rushed to hospital with a suspected drug overdose.
He was given Narcan and successfully revived but doctors discovered he had several powerful narcotics in his system.
Asked on Thursday, during her interview under arrest, Giles is asked whether he had a drug problem.
‘No,’ she says.
Giles’s home in Huron, Ohio, was furnished with items bought on the 93-year-old’s credit card, police said
Lt. Scott Dahlgren said the police believe Giles stole the money to buy clothes and shoes, and furnish her own home
Dahlgren said that they believe Giles had been mixing opioids into the victim’s food in a bid to keep him sedated and unaware of what she was doing.
‘She was trying to keep him medicated to a point where he wasn’t looking at bank statements and credit card statements and things like that, where she could just handle those kinds of things without him noticing,’ he said.
‘It’s sad. It’s very upsetting that somebody would take advantage of someone who’s just so vulnerable, you know.
‘Unfortunately, our elderly are vulnerable in society and people continue to prey on them.
‘We’re just glad that a family member noticed it when they did, instead of it actually going any further.’