- Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - A Monterey woman has pleaded guilty to planning to poison her mother with a rare Southeast Asian plant.

The Salinas Californian reports (https://bit.ly/2cGhmB3 ) that 30-year-old Di Cerulean Stylo on Wednesday pleaded guilty to making a criminal threat to kill her mother and to threatening to place a harmful substance in food or drink.

According to court documents, Stylo told one of her relatives that she was planning to use seeds from the Cerbera odollam, commonly known as the “suicide tree,” to kill her mother. Seeds from the tree are fatal when ingested. Stylo had purchased the seeds from an internet site.

The family member called the Monterey Police Department and reported the plot after being told of it.

Sentencing to felony probation is set for Nov. 17


Information from: The Salinas Californian, https://www.californianonline.com

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