woman kills boyfriend with bleach
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Woman Kills Boyfriend With Bleach

A 24-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with first-degree murder after she killed her boyfriend by pouring bleach down his throat.

Yasmine Elder had only been dating Darrius Ellis for a month before an argument in a van turned deadly.

Darrius Ellis
Darrius Ellis

Via The Chicago Tribune:

Around 12:30 a.m. Monday, Ellis picked up Elder from work. About an hour later, while sitting sitting in the van in the 6500 block of South Bishop Street , they began to argue and Elder climbed on top of him, Carlson said.

Elder, 24, grabbed Ellis’ dreadlocks and used her knee to hold him down, Carlson said.

She grabbed a bottle of bleach and poured it on his face, according to Carlson.  Some of the bleach went down his throat, and as Elder left the van, she could hear him yelling that he could not breathe, Carlson said.

Ellis, 26, collapsed and began foaming at the mouth, and one of several witnesses called 911.  He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

After the ambulance sped away, one of the witnesses walked to the Ellis home nearby and told relatives while another witness saw Elder walking near the home and confronted her, Carlson said.

Elder admitted to pouring bleach on Ellis and laughed when the witness told her he might die, Carlson said.

Ellis was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m. Monday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy determined Ellis died of “complications from forcible administration of a caustic substance,” according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

Ellis also suffered abrasions to his neck, cheeks and back consistent caused by fingernails while being held down, internal injuries to his esophagus and stomach consistent with chemical burns, bruises to his head and back, Carlson said.

Yasmine Elder is charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail.

Darrius Ellis leaves behind a 5-year-old son.

Relatives said Ellis was the father of a 5-year-old son.


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