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Published: Sunday, 11/20/2011 - Updated: 3 years ago

Restaurant worker accused of pouring animal medication into pot of coffee

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Edwin Francis Ledgard was arrested by Toledo police  in connection with the attempted poisoning of an individual. Edwin Francis Ledgard was arrested by Toledo police in connection with the attempted poisoning of an individual.
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A worker at a West Toledo restaurant poured animal medication into a pot of fresh coffee, then told police after his arrest that he had a "delusion" that he should kill customers.

Edwin Ledgard, 36, of 111 S. Summit St., was not on duty at the Frisch's Big Boy, 3537 Secor Rd., when he went to the restaurant shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, walked into the kitchen, and removed from his pocket three 100-milliliter vials of a drug used to treat anemia in baby pigs, police said.

He dumped contents of two of the vials into a brewing pot of coffee, then poured the third's contents into an empty salt shaker before dumping that into the coffee as well, the report states. Another restaurant employee saw Ledgard's actions and took the vials from him and secured them. Police identified the drug as Dextran, also known as Iron-100, which is injected into suckling pigs' muscles to correct iron deficiency after birth. Information about the potential consequences of human ingestion was not readily available Saturday night.

Ledgard is charged with one count of contaminating a substance for human consumption and was held at the Lucas County jail pending arraignment Monday morning in Toledo Municipal Court.

An attempt to contact a restaurant manager Saturday was unsuccessful.

In April, 2010, Ledgard was found guilty in Toledo Municipal Court of assault charges after hitting a corrections officer at the Lucas County jail. He was sentenced to spend 30 days at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

In July, 2010, he was found guilty in Lucas County Common Pleas Court of stalking and was sentenced to one year at CCNO and five years of community control, according to court records. He was released from the regional jail March 21.



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