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Teen Tried To Poison Her Grandmother For Taking Her Cell Phone

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downloadBy: Stephanie Allen-Gobert

Tyt’ana Lisa-Nicole Johnson, 17, of Fayetteville, NC was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for dumping chemicals into a pot of greens being cooked by her grandmother, Gaylon Moody, 51, while she was at Easter Mass. The teenager was upset because her grandmother took her cell phone away, authorities say.

A friend of the grandmother also ate the greens. Both were treated at a local hospital and released.

“She was on punishment. I had taken her cell phone from her. She got mad because I took her cell phone from her, and she poisoned my food,” Moody told the Fayetteville Observer.

The teen admitted to dumping the deadly poison in the food, police told the paper.

“We started feeling funny afterwards,” Moody said. ‘[The friend] and I started feeling very funny, started feeling numb from my waist up.’ The other victim told the paper everything she ate and drank ‘tasted different.’ Both Moody and her friend tried driving to the hospital, but could not make it.

“We were staggering like we were intoxicated, but neither one of us drank,” Moody told WRAL.

They were initially treated for a stomach virus, but found out the next day the symptoms were the result of being poisoned.

The teen apologized for poisoning the other victim, he told the station. “They got her locked up, but she needs help,” he said. “Seriously, something’s wrong with her. People don’t do that over a cell phones.”

Johnson is being held in the county jail on $500,000 bail. Jail records showed no indication of an attorney at this time.

Under North Carolina criminal law, anyone 16 years and older is considered an adult. He stands to spend a significant amount of time behind bars if convicted.