FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WRIC) – A 17-year-old girl is facing two attempted first-degree murder charges after she allegedly poisoned her grandmother’s food as revenge for taking away her cell phone.
Authorities say that on Easter Sunday, Tyt’ana Lisa-Nicole Johnson poured insecticide and termite killer into a pot of collard greens. Her grandmother, Gaylon Moody, and a family friend, Clifton Evans, were both poisoned from the food. They were treated at a hospital and have since been released.
“She was on punishment. I had taken her cell phone from her,” Moody told the Fayetteville Observer, which reported that Johnson poisoned the greens while her grandmother was at church. “She got mad because I took her cell phone from her, and she poisoned my food. I’ll tell you one thing: It ain’t good to feel.”
Johnson apologized to Evans, saying she had only meant her grandmother harm, not him.
“She said Mr. Clifton, ‘I wasn’t trying to hurt you, I was trying to get back at grandma,’” Evans said.
Moody is unsettled by her granddaughter’s actions.
“If she can do this to me, she’ll do it to anybody, and God only knows what it will be about the next time.”
According to the Associated Press, Johnson is being held in the Cumberland County Jail on a $500,000 bond. North Carolina law states that those 16 and older are considered adults.
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