A student at the University of South Carolina was charged with felony and will perhaps face jail time after she was caught on camera while placing chemicals and spitting into the food of her two roommates. The incident took place in early February.
According to the investigators the two roommates had several arguments with Hayley King (22) and they set up the camera after she refused to leave the off-campus apartment which they shared. Her roommates were worried about what King could do in their absence especially when, after King refused to leave, the two girls started receiving anonymous threatening messages. A part of one of the text messages is the following:
“While Hayley is moving out don’t [expletive] with her. Y’all have been [expletive] taunting her since the semester started. If she tells me you’re [expletive] with her I will personally come and check you. You too old to try to be bullying some damn body. Grow the [expletive] up.”
Columbia police reported that Hayley King was caught on camera while taking some food containers out of the refrigerators and spitting or spraying window cleaning detergent into them. In the video recorded on February 4 King can clearly be seen spitting into several containers of food and also pouring Windex into one of them. One of the roommates said to the police that she had consumed food from the tainted containers.
In a police report she said that this incident did not only affect her physically, but also mentally. She experienced anxiety and she fell behind on her classes. She was even forced to switch out one of her courses.
After watching the footage an investigator from the Columbia Police Department got in touch with Hayley King and she was asked to report to the police department for inquiring. According to police reports she confessed what she did. King was arrested on February 9, but the Columbia Police Department refused to comment on the incident. Neither King made any comments when requested.
Hayley King was charged with illegal, malicious tampering with human drug or food product. This is a Class C felony and if King is convicted she will be faced with up to 20 years in prison. After her arrest she was released on a personal recognizance bond of $5,000. It is not yet known whether she has a lawyer or not. According to South Carolina Circuit Court’s Fifth Circuit her next court date will take place in June.
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