California doctor says he caught wife dumping Drano in his lemonade after he rigged kitchen with cameras
A California radiologist says he has video evidence from his wife, a dermatologist, who has spiked his drinks with dangerous household chemicals on several occasions - after suffering internal injuries and hiding cameras in her kitchen.
Irvine police last week arrested 45-year-old dermatologist Dr. Yue Yu, also called Emily, on suspicion of poisoning. She has not yet been formally charged, according to the Orange County Attorney's Office.
dr Jack Chen, her 53-year-old husband, applied for a protection order on Friday.
"I am afraid to be in the same house and in the presence of the respondent as the defendant tried to poison me with Drano," Chen's request for a domestic violence restraining order reads.
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Drano is a branded chemical drain cleaner that the US government has described as "very hazardous" if swallowed, inhaled, or come in contact with the skin or eyes.
"On three separate occasions I made a video of her pouring Draino (sic) under our kitchen sink and pouring it into my lemonade (I drink it hot)," he wrote in a petition to the court.
Chen brought the cameras in place after becoming suspicious in March and April after noticing "a chemical taste" in his soda and being diagnosed with ulcers, gastritis and esophagitis, according to the filing.
In one instance, he said, he covered his drink with plastic wrap - and she allegedly peeled it off, relocated the drink and replaced the cover.
According to the filing, the couple married on July 4, 2012 and soon had two children, a daughter and a son, who are now 8 and 7 years old, respectively.
"After the children were born, I worried about Emily's behavior," Chen wrote.
At one point, he claimed, she requested a massage, and he declined because he was ill.
"She stepped on my head until I did — and also started hiding money from me," he wrote in the filing.
He claimed his wife and mother-in-law, Yuqin "Amy" Gu, verbally and emotionally abused him for years, and also belittled the children and isolated them from their cousins and friends.
"The children are isolated in their own little bubble with only four family members: Emily, Amy [and the two children]," Chen wrote. "I'm ignored and not recognized as a family member. When the kids wrote letters to Santa, they excluded my name for fear Emily would get angry.”
In his application for an injunction, he is also seeking sole custody of the children.
David Wohl, Yu's attorney, called the allegations "false" and said they were motivated by a recent divorce filing and custody case between the couple.
"Ms. Emily Yu vehemently and unequivocally denies ever attempting to poison her husband or anyone else," he told Fox News Digital in a statement Tuesday. “As a doctor of repute, her goal has always been to help people and never harm people. Accordingly, she also strongly denies her husband's allegations of emotional and physical abuse of him and their children."
Yu posted $30,000 bail on Friday and was released, according to Orange County prosecutors. She has to appear in court again on November 3rd.
"We are reviewing the evidence in the case to see what allegations can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," a spokesman for the prosecutor's office told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
Fox News' Ashley Papa contributed to this report.
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