Yasmine Elder, 24, got into an argument around 1:45 am Monday with her boyfriend, Darrius Ellis, 26, while they were sitting in a van along a Chicago street. Elder became incensed and overpowered Ellis and then she poured bleach down his throat. When the police arrived, they took Ellis directly to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Officers who were called to the scene found him lying on the ground and he was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to the chemical at 3:26am, according to the outlet.
Elder was arrested around 5:30pm Monday on the 6400 block of South Paulina Street.
An autopsy determined that Ellis died of ‘complications from forcible administration of a caustic substance.’
Relatives said he had a five-year-old son. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, he worked as a welder and graduated from Kennedy-King College.
‘He was a good kid,’ his maternal grandfather, Clarence Hebron, told the outlet. ‘Everybody loved him.’
His aunt, Mengyona Flowers, wrote on Facebook: ‘My nephew, this was a good young man trying his best. To help everybody taking my grand babies to school and picking them up every day. We loved him but God loved him best.’
While experts say a mouthful of swallowed bleach isn’t likely to kill, but drinking a lot of it could cause death.
Symptoms range from pain and irritation in the mouth and throat; pain and possible burns in the esophagus and vomiting, convulsing, shock, gastrointestinal tract and internal organs, according to How Stuff Works.