Kayla A. Bonkowski(charged with poisoning)
Source: Mlive.com

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A Central Michigan University student poisoned her roommate’s iced tea with bleach after a dispute about dirty dishes, police say.

Kayla A. Bonkowski, 19, is charged with a felony count of poisoning food, drink, medicine or water supply.

Bonkowski’s arrest warrant alleges that she put bleach in her 20-year-old roommate’s drink on Nov. 7 at their home in Union Township. The victim received medical treatment after the incident, police said.

A Michigan State Police press release states that prior to the alleged poisoning, Bonkowski and her female roommate argued about dirty dishes. An affidavit signed by state police Trooper Joe Richards states that Bonkowski admitted to Trooper Douglas Hunt that she put bleach in the roommate’s drink and did so “because (the roommate) is mean.”

Bonkowski said “she knew that spraying the bleach was a serious thing,” the affidavit states.

Reached by email, Bonkowski told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning she needed to consult with a lawyer before commenting.

MLive was unable to reach state police officials for further comment. CMU officials confirmed Bonkowski currently is a student at the university.

Bonkowski was scheduled for arraignment on the charges on Monday, Dec. 3, but she posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond prior to the hearing. MLive was unable to immediately reach Isabella County sheriff’s officials to determine when Bonkowski was jailed prior to posting the bond.

Her arraignment now is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10, before Isabella County Magistrate Sandra Straus.

A condition of Bonkowski’s bond is that she not have contact with the victim, officials said.

The poisoning charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. If the poisoning had resulted in injury, the maximum would be 25 years; if it had resulted in serious impairment, it would have been life in prison.