LA MESA (CBS 8) - A La Mesa woman is accusing her husband of trying to kill her, after she caught him cheating. She was hospitalized twice in a matter of days, after apparently being poisoned with antifreeze.
La Mesa resident Sally McKee-Munsey fears that it was her husband of almost 10 years, 50-year-old Patrick Munsey with whom she has adopted three children, who tried poison her with antifreeze. She also describes him as "extremely controlling and verbally abusive" in a request for a temporary restraining order.
"We're still investigating the case trying to confirm if in fact she was poisoned and if so, by who and how," said Lieutenant Matt Nicholas with the La Mesa Police Department.
On August 20 and then two days later, La Mesa resident Sally McKee-Munsey had been rushed to Sharp Grossmont Hospital with increasingly severe abdominal pains.
Blood tests later revealed she had "classic signs of antifreeze poisoning," according to her doctor who, as detailed in court documents, "rushed into the emergency room and placed her on kidney dialysis." He stated, "this action saved her life as she surely would have died without medical intervention."
Then the police department served a warrant at the house to look for any signs of poisoning.
During that search, investigators recovered a bottle of antifreeze in the couple's garage and also initially interviewed Patrick Munsey.
Sally McKee-Munsey later told investigators that Patrick Munsey, who had at one point worked as a fiber optics engineer, "had been both physically and emotionally abusive toward her and that she recently learned he has been cheating on her."
She also believes her husband may have added the sweet-tasting toxin to a drink she'd brought home from a local Jack in the Box which he had access to, telling authorities that "it tasted weird, like bad coke."
Tuesday night, Sally was not home while her husband, who has moved out, had been court-ordered to stay away from her and their three children.
"If in fact the investigation leads us to believe he is a suspect who tried to poison her, then he could be facing a charge of attempted murder," added Lt. Nicholas.
Investigators say they are still waiting on toxicology tests, as well as some follow-up interviews before they name Patrick Munsey as a suspect in this case.
In the meantime, he has been ordered to appear in court on September 16 on this request for restraining order filed by his wife.
News 8 has also learned that Patrick Munsey has filed for bankruptcy twice, according to court records, in 1989 and in 2009.