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Nash woman charged with trying to poison family

Posted May 20, 2013

— A Nash County woman upset over being told she couldn't have some cheese tried to poison several family members over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

Tiara Danielle Drake, 24, no address available, was charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder and was being held in the Nash County jail under a $50,000 bond.

Investigators said Drake asked a woman Friday for some of her cheese, but the woman refused and told Drake to get some other cheese from the refrigerator. Drake was so incensed, authorities said, that she laced the cheese in the refrigerator with Ajax, window cleaner and detergent.

The family used the cheese when it made breakfast on Saturday, and four members already had eaten some before someone noticed the cheese had been poisoned, authorities said.

One of the family members called Poison Control, which advised the victims to drink plenty of milk to counteract the poison.

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  • Shaking My Head In Amusement May 20, 2013

    She had a problem with getting up to get her own cheese to eat but instead she had no problem with going to get the cheese to poison it? How did no one in the house not see her doing it? For sure someone was milling about and saw her! Why would you use cheese covered in an excessive amount of powder like ajax? I can see how a liquid could dry on the cheese but the powder would be visible still. And for sure they smelled it in/on the food before it was ingested? The whole story just doesn't seem right.

  • rushbot May 20, 2013

    well..i tell you one thing i have gleaned from all of this and the running saga of the late Mr Cunningham of Garner, it is patent to me that we need to re-open dorothea dix hospital..nc deserves an adequate mental health system!!

  • cavewoman192003 May 20, 2013

    How do you not taste or smell at the least Ajax.

  • Brogden May 20, 2013

    jayb8408 - why is this different to report than a drive by shooting or some other such attempted murder? WRAL reports the news. Attempted murder of an entire family by one of the family members is news. I am somtimes critical of their reporting but never of their right to report.

  • Fireflies Rock May 20, 2013

    A classic example of why our mental health system (do we even have one?) in NC is seriously lacking. This could have had disastrous results for this family. I'm assuming this woman has mental health issues, and isn't your "garden variety" murderer.

  • jayb8408 May 20, 2013

    Whatever Geez - now I do agree with you on the fact that will more than likely give her a slap on the wrist and let her go.. That's part of the problem. They are not going to look into WHY she did this and see if she needs some help.. In a few months to a year, we will read another story about how she successfully poisoned someone... Then they lock her up and throw away the key

  • djofraleigh May 20, 2013

    Women do most of the poisoning, but without a gun, that is a very effective and easy assault.

    Why shouldn't WRAL cover this story? There's nothing so far about the woman that would mean she should be protected from the news.

  • Whatever Geez May 20, 2013

    This is the type of stuff that wral should not report. Its kind of like poking fun at someone that has issues.. I mean really, look at her picture.. Furthermore, it's safe that only a person with serious mental issues would do something like this at the age of 24. This should of been under the "strange news" section, if any section.

    jayb8408

    people should be aware of something like this happening...they will prolly slap her on the wrist and let her go.

  • bfortyme May 20, 2013

    Real close to the bottom to scrape up this story....er worthy news item that the community must have at its fingertips.

  • jayb8408 May 20, 2013

    This is the type of stuff that wral should not report. Its kind of like poking fun at someone that has issues.. I mean really, look at her picture.. Furthermore, it's safe that only a person with serious mental issues would do something like this at the age of 24. This should of been under the "strange news" section, if any section.

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