Footage Shows California Doctor Poisoning Her Husband With Drano, Lawyer Says

More details have emerged in the case of a California dermatologist who allegedly poisoned her husband by surreptitiously pouring Drano into his lemonade.

Jack Chen, the husband of Irvine doctor Yue “Emily” Yu, reported to police last week that he believed he had been poisoned by his wife after being ill for several months. He also provided authorities with video evidence allegedly taken from hidden cameras he had installed in their Irvine home. Yu was arrested on August 4.

“Just after 6 p.m., Irvine Police Detectives interviewed the suspect, 45-year-old Yue Yu, and served a search warrant at the home she shares with the victim,” police said in a statement. a statement. “Yu was arrested for poisoning her husband and incarcerated in the Orange County Jail.”

Chen’s lawyers have now shared still images they say were taken by those cameras.

Footage screenshots reportedly show Yu with a bottle of Drano in their kitchen. Another still shows Chen drinking from a cup. Yu’s lawyers have denied all the allegations.

“She tried to kill him,” Chen’s attorney, Steven Hittleman, told CBS News. “She takes the bottle, she pours it, puts the cork back, puts it back in the sink… very calm, very methodical.”

Chen claims he was feeling sick as early as March and April before deciding to install hidden cameras in their home. His attorney said Chen was diagnosed with stomach ulcers, gastritis and inflammation of the esophagus.

Records show that after her arrest, Yu posted $30,000 bond on Friday and was released from the Orange County Jail. Yu then reportedly received divorce papers and a restraining order requiring him to stay 300 feet away from Chen and their two children. In the restraining order request obtained by CBS News, Chen also alleges “long-standing verbal, physical and emotional abuse” that extended to their two children.

This temporary restraining order was granted, although records show that no charges were brought against Yu in the alleged poisoning. Yu’s lawyer reportedly told the New York Post that his client “absolutely and unequivocally” denies poisoning her husband or abusing Chen and their children. The attorney claimed that Chen was trying to “get a leg up in the divorce” through the allegations.

Yu attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, according to his office’s website, and works as a dermatology specialist in the town of Mission Viejo.

Yu’s affiliate hospital, Providence Mission, released a statement saying it was aware of the arrest and was working with authorities. “This incident is a domestic matter that occurred in Irvine, and we want to reassure our community that there was no impact on our patients,” the hospital said.

Records show Yu is due to appear in Orange County Superior Court for a domestic violence hearing on August 18.

About the author