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Prosecutor: NY woman poured antifreeze into husband’s drinks

January 3, 2019
This undated photo provided by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Riverhead N.Y., shows Renee Burke. Authorities on New York's Long Island allege that Burke tried to kill her estranged husband by pouring antifreeze into his beverages. Burke, of Holbrook, N.Y., pleaded not guilty on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, to charges that include attempted murder. (Suffolk County District Attorney's Office via AP)

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor alleged Thursday that a woman tried to kill her estranged husband by pouring antifreeze into his beverages inside his Long Island home.

Renee Burke, 40, of Holbrook, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, attempted assault, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini.

Burke’s attorney, Joel Salinger, declined to comment but said in court she has no criminal history and that she has always fought hard for her children. Authorities said the husband has primary custody of their children, ages 4 and 8.

“It is alleged that between Sept. 1 and Sept. 12, 2018, on multiple occasions, the defendant attempted to kill her estranged husband by unlawfully entering his residence and pouring antifreeze into several beverage containers in his apartment,” Sini said.

“The evidence in this case includes video surveillance that shows the defendant taking a wine bottle out of the refrigerator and taking baby bottles filled with antifreeze and pouring the liquid into the bottle,” Sini said. “And she did this in the presence of her child and even with the assistance of her child.”

Sini said that when questioned by police, Burke “claimed she poured fruit juice into the victims wine bottle to water it down.”

Burke’s phone contained searches on antifreeze and rat poison, and antifreeze was found in her kitchen, said Sini, adding that the husband set up cameras after one of the children told a baby sitter: “I saw Mommy putting something in Daddy’s drink.”

Burke is being held on bail of $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond and faces 25 years in prison if convicted of the top charge of attempted murder.

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