MORGANTON -- A Burke County woman has been charged with poisoning the man she lived with and another man whom she was dating, the sheriffs office says.
Tara Melinda Jackson, 22, of Connelly Springs, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of distributing a poisonous substance in food. She is jailed under $25,000 bond, with a court date set for Tuesday in Morganton.
The sheriffs office says the investigation started a month ago when a man she was dating was admitted to Carolinas Medical Hospital with anti-freeze poisoning. Jackson was not charged in that case, but detectives say that convinced them to look into two previous poisoning cases, one involving the same man.
Investigators allege Jackson crushed up muscle relaxant pills and put them in a baked potato she served her live-in boyfriend, then did the same thing in a bottle of Mountain Dew for the man she was dating.
Investigators told the Morganton News-Herald they believe the incidents stem from some sort of love triangle.