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Florida Man 'Hated' Nephew So Much He Poured Eye Drops on Meatball Sandwich So He'd 'S*** Himself': Cops

Florida Man Accused of Pouring Eye Drops on Nephew's Sandwich
Source: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office; Unsplash

James Leach allegedly poured eye drops onto his nephew's sandwich to make him 'puke his brains out,' cops said.

Dec. 20 2023, Published 2:06 p.m. ET

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A man in Florida has been arrested after he allegedly poured eye drop solution onto his nephew’s meatball sandwich because he reportedly wanted to make his nephew “s*** himself,” according to authorities.

On Dec. 13, police arrested 45-year-old James Paul Leach of Pinellas Park in connection with the incident involving his relative, whose name and age were not disclosed, according to WFLA-TV.

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According to court records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, investigators claimed Leach “had issues with his nephew” and “hated him."

Officials said Leach reportedly bought a bottle of eye drops from a market and then poured the solution “all over the meatball sandwich,” which was allegedly caught by security cameras.

A witness told Leach that the eye drops “could hurt someone,” but Leach allegedly responded that the nephew would just “s*** himself and puke his brains out,” authorities said.

According to the National Capital Poison Control Center, eye drops can cause death if swallowed.

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Police and medics were called after the nephew ate a small portion of the sandwich. The nephew, however, declined medical attention and he told officers he did not know the food allegedly had been poisoned, according to court documents.

The arrest report states Leach and the victim have a “long history of domestic related issues and several prior calls for service at this location.”

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When officers tried to question Leach, he asked for an attorney, officials said.

Leach was arrested and charged with felony poisoning, police said.He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and was being held on $50,000 bail.

He was ordered to have no contact with his nephew.


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