Elizabethtown woman accused of trying to sedate and murder caregiver
Police say it started when she broke into the medicine cabinet and put anti-psychotic drugs in a caregiver's Pepsi -- but that was just the start of her plan.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman at an Elizabethtown care facility has been charged with attempted murder after police say she planned to kill a group home caregiver.
According to Elizabethtown Police, the incident occurred just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Community Alternatives of Kentucky group home in the 100 block of College Street Road near Highway 62.
Police say 27-year-old Melissa Emerick had broken into the medication cabinet at the facility and stolen medication. She then allegedly put Seroquel, an anti-psychotic medication, inside a 2-liter Pepsi bottle belonging to one of her caregivers. According to the arrest report, Emerick did so to "incapacitate the careworker."
"The plan of Emerick was to wait for the group home manager to pass out," said Officer Chris Denham with the Elizabethtown Police Department. "Emerick planned to later stab the group home manager to death, set the residence on fire and then depart.
"The group home manager was taken to a medical facility where she was evaluated and later released."
When authorities investigated, they allegedly found a pair of scissors hidden on Emerick's person, as well as additional Seroquel pills under her pillow.
Police sidy Emerick had told another careworker that she was going to stab the on-duty careworker and steal that careworker's cell phone, tablet and car.
Emerick was arrested and charged with attempted murder. She is currently being held in the Hardin County Detention Center.
It's not the first time Emerick has been in the news. In May, a Golden Alert was issued for Emerick after she vanished from the home while taking out the trash. She was found shortly after the alert was issued.
The group home is managed by ResCare, Inc., which released a statement Wednesday afternoon
"We’re shocked and saddened to learn about this situation and are cooperating fully with law enforcement in the investigation. Our mission is to help people live their best life every day, and we're committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees and every person we serve. Our goal is to have zero incidents related to safety and impropriety. Out of respect for the privacy of the people we support, we can't comment further on details of individual behaviors or situations."
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