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Mom Arrested For Changing Hospital Records That Show Daughter Poisoned

November 21, 1991

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ A 34-year-old laboratory technician was charged with changing hospital records that indicated her critically ill daughter was poisoned, police said.

Kathleen Gordon, of Liverpool, was charged Wednesday with reckless endangerment, falsifying business records, tampering with a computer and endangering the welfare of a child, Onondaga County sheriff’s deputies said.

Gordon has been a laboratory technician for 10 years at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, where her 12-year-old daughter was admitted in August, suffering from internal bleeding, deputies said.

Until last week, doctors could not determine what caused Candace Gordon’s condition. Then a test showed her blood contained potentially lethal doses of the drug Coumidin, which is sometimes prescribed as a blood thinner and is also an ingredient in rat poison, said Sgt. Pete VanPatten.

Hospital officials discovered Monday that the test results had disappeared from a computer and were replaced with information that showed no signs of poison, deputies said.

″It’s alleged that Mom went into the system and removed the actual results of the test that showed high-level dosages of the poison in the blood,″ VanPatten said.

Candace Gordon remained hospitalized at Crouse Irving early today.

Police refused to discuss a motive. They continued to investigate the alleged poisoning and said more charges were likely.

Gordon has two other children.

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