REPORT: Woman claiming to be nurse threatens to put 'Clostridium - WDRB 41 Louisville News

REPORT: Woman claiming to be nurse threatens to put 'Clostridium Botulinum' in deputy's IV

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Shenite Joseph (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Shenite Joseph (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman who claimed to be a nurse made an unusual threat before she was arrested at 4th Street Live! early Sunday morning, according to an arrest report.

Authorities say 24-year-old Shenite R. Joseph was causing a disturbance in the entertainment district -- screaming obscenities at an employee -- when a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy asked her to leave.

According to the arrest report, the deputy asked her to leave four times, but she refused.

At that point, authorities say she told the sheriff's deputy that she is a nurse, and that if the sheriff's deputy ever came to her hospital, she would put "Clostridium Botulinum" in the deputy's IV.

"Clostridium botulinums is an anaerobic, Gram-positive, spore-forming rod that produces a potent neurotoxin," according to the website, FDA.gov. "The spores are heat-resistant and can survive in foods that are incorrectly or minimally processed."

"The incidence of the disease is low, but the disease is of considerable concern because of its high mortality rate if not treated immediately and properly," the site continues. "Most of the 10 to 30 outbreaks that are reported annually in the United States are associated with inadequately processed, home-canned foods, but occasionally commercially produced foods have been involved in outbreaks. Sausages, meat products, canned vegetables and seafood products have been the most frequent vehicles for human botulism."

Joseph was arrested and charged with third degree criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. Both are misdemeanor charges.

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