WYOMING, Pa. – An elderly woman in northeastern Pennsylvania has been accused of poisoning her son’s girlfriend with juice laced with antifreeze in an effort to keep her away from money he was getting from a natural gas company.
Helen Lucy Galli, 79, of Wyoming, Pa., was charged Friday with felony aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
State police allege that she gave the juice to Dawn Simyan, 41, of Pittston, Pa., who was taken to a hospital in April and found to have kidney failure due to ingestion of ethylene glycol, which is found in antifreeze.
Simyan said she was staying at the home of her boyfriend, Victor Galli, 53, in Wyoming on March 31 and drank a glass of juice his mother gave her.
She spent three weeks in the hospital, she said.
Police said Galli was apparently worried that Simyan would get money that her son had obtained from a natural gas lease in Wyoming County.
Authorities do not believe that her son knew anything about the plot, state police Trooper Tom Kelly said.
“If it was a drop more, I wouldn’t be here,” Simyan told the Citizens Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She said Helen Galli never liked her and “doesn’t want anybody with her son, period.”
Galli was arraigned Friday and released on $25,000 bail.