Man accused of poisoning wife's Rice Krispies



AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of putting poison in his wife's cereal.

Los Angeles County jail records show 43-year-old Fernando Porras of Azusa was being held on $1 million bail Saturday on suspicion of the attempted murder of his 51-year-old wife, Fernanda.

Azusa police Cpl. Randy Schmidt says the woman noticed a horrible taste and smell Thursday in her Rice Krispies.

Schmidt tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune the woman was taken to a hospital, where police grew suspicious of her husband when he said he was going to smoke a cigarette, then disappeared.

He was arrested about two miles away.

Police allege Porras put a poisonous chemical in the cereal, but they didn't say what it was. Police Sgt. Dewayne Eldridge says the woman wasn't believed to be seriously harmed by the substance.

Porras is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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