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New York man charged after spiking family members' food and coffee with laxatives, police say

Posted at 10:30 AM, Nov 07, 2019

CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y.— Police in the City of Tonawanda say a man has been charged with three felonies and three misdemeanors after they say he spiked coffee and food of his family members with laxatives and Epsom salts.

Authorities say 34-year-old Andrew Ditch spiked the food and put laxatives in the coffee machine of his family members last month.

Ditch is charged with the following:

  • 2 counts of attempted assault (E Felony)
  • Aggravated criminal contempt/violation of order of protection (D felony)
  • 2 counts of criminal tampering 3rd
  • Disobeying an order of protection

According to police, family members were complaining about nausea along with abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Ditch's bail is set at $5,000 and is expected back in court Friday.

This story was originally published by Paul Ross on WKBW.