Wife Arrested in Aroma Assault
Originally posted by CNN News, 05/01/2003
STUART, Florida (AP) -- A woman was arrested for dousing herself with perfume, spraying the house with bug killer and disinfectant, and burning scented candles in an attempt to seriously injure her chemically sensitive husband, prosecutors said.
Police charged Lynda Taylor, 36, with aggravated battery Thursday.
David Taylor, 46, is disabled due to allergies that resulted from exposure to toxic mold and hazardous chemicals as a construction worker, his doctors say. That exposure netted him $150,000 in a recent workers compensation settlement.
The fragrant incident occurred April 4 during a conversation the couple were having about separating after three years of marriage.
Taylor told investigators that his wife became enraged when he refused to give her half of his settlement.
"Lynda came in the kitchen wearing perfume and applied some to [her daughter]. Then [she] went around the house spraying Lysol and even sprayed some in my face," David Taylor wrote in his complaint.
Taylor's physician provided investigators with a letter confirming he suffers from extreme chemical sensitivity, "including all fragrances, air fresheners and other volatile chemicals," and that his wife was aware of it.
Lynda Taylor's attorney, Karen Steger, said the charge was a misuse of the criminal justice system.
"The guy's a faker," she said. "He just wants to gain an advantage in the divorce case."
David Taylor's lawyer, Cynthia Grooms Marvin, said she could not talk about the case.
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