CHANDLER, Ariz. – A 65-year-old Sun Lakes woman was arrested after Chandler police said she injected fecal matter into her husband's IV while he was recovering from surgery.
Rosemary Vogel faces felony charges of attempted first-degree murder and vulernable adult abuse.
Police said Phillip Vogel, 66, was in recovery following a surgical procedure on his heart at Chandler Regional Medical Center on Thursday and his wife was in the room with him.
Hospital staff went to the room after the warning alarm on the monitoring machines sounded and found Vogel manipulating her husband's IV, according to Sgt. Joe Favazzo. A nurse found that the IV had a brown substance in the line and immediately removed it from the man's arm.
Favazzo said Vogel attempted to drain the fluid from the line into a wastebasket, but the nurse intervened.
The substance was tested in the hospital's lab and was found to contain fecal matter.
"This is the first that I've heard where fecal matter has been injected into an IV system," Favazzo said.
Police found three syringes in Vogel's purse. Two contained fluid and the third appeared to have trace amounts of fecal matter still present, according to Favazzo.
According to the probable cause statement written by police, Vogel is a registered nurse and was employed at the hospital from 2005 to 2010.
The victim is expected to survive but is still recovering in the hospital.
"He's in his recovery process not only from his medical procedure, but from this attempt on his life," Favazzo said.
Police said they do not know why Vogel was injecting the fluid into her husband's IV.
The case remains open and the investigation is ongoing.
Statement from Chandler Regional Medical Center:
"An incident occurred on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at Chandler Regional Medical Center that resulted in an investigation by the Chandler Police Department. Because of the on-going nature of the investigation, we cannot comment on this incident. Media should contact the Chandler Police Department for any additional information.
"The safety of our patients has always been and will continue to be an utmost priority at Chandler Regional Medical Center."