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14-year-old Berea boy accused of attempting to kill his grandfather by poisoning coffee creamer

The boy was charged with contaminating substance for human consumption, attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, among other charges.
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BEREA, Ohio — A 14-year-old boy is in custody today after allegedly attempting to poison his grandfather, as well as his grandfather's fiancee, through coffee creamer. 

"I don’t know how to approach this, but I can tell you-- frankly-- that my grandson is trying to kill me and my fiancee," the grandfather can be heard saying in a dispatch call released to 3News. 

During the call with Berea PD, the man also told a dispatcher that he suspected his grandson of dosing several coffee creamers, and said that one smelled of kerosene. 

"The resident reported that in four of the prior 10 days, his coffee creamer tasted badly or had a chemical smell. After the fourth instance, he examined the 14-year old’s laptop and discovered a computer search for “how to poison your parents," a press release from Berea Police reads. 

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According to police documents, the boy attempted to add wasp and hornet killer, as well as Greased Lightening cleaning product, to his grandfather's Land-O-Lakes half & half coffee creamer. A press release from Berea Police also says that the 14-year-old had previously attempted to add lime juice and pepper juice to his grandfather's coffee creamer. 

The 14-year-old boy has been charged with adultering a substance for human consumption, attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, domestic violence, and criminal damaging or endangering.

According to police, the juvenile was concerned that his grandfather would cancel Christmas due to poor grades and school performance. 

The incident occurred on December 1, and the boy is currently being held at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center and awaiting a trial date. 

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