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CMU Student Charged With Putting Bleach in Roommate’s Iced Tea

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – A Central Michigan University student is facing a felony charge for putting bleach in her roommate’s iced tea.

Kayla Bonkowski, 19, was arraigned on Wednesday in Isabella County Court on one count of poisoning, a possible 15-year felony.

The judge ordered her to have no contact with the victim and to be on campus only to finish this semester.

The charge stems from an incident in November at an off-campus apartment where Bonkowski lives with a 20-year old female student.

According to Michigan State Police, the two women got into a fight over some dirty dishes, and that’s when Bonkowski put bleach in her roommate’s iced tea.

The girl got medical treatment but is expected to be okay.

Bonkowski told police in a written statement that she put the bleach in the drink because her roommate was “mean,” according to the criminal complaint.

A preliminary examination is set for December 13.

Central Michigan University issued a statement on Wednesday:

  • “CMU is aware of the situation and is still awaiting a police report from the Michigan State Police, which is leading the criminal investigation. The university continues to collect information and will follow the provisions of the student code of conduct in addressing this matter.”  — Steven F. Smith, CMU Director of public relations

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