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Fayetteville teen charged with attempted murder over poisoned collard greens

Tyt'ana Lisa Nicole Johnson poisoned collard greens
Cumberland County

A North Carolina teen is in trouble after an unusual attempt to kill her grandmother, Fox Carolina News reported April 25.

Tyt'ana Lisa Nicole Johnson, 17, of Fayetteville was charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder after putting insecticide and termite killer into a pot of collard greens. Johnson was reportedly upset because the grandmother had taken away her cell phone privileges.

Johnson poisoned the pot while her grandmother was attending Easter services at her church. Gaylon Moody, 51, the grandmother and her friend Clifton Evans, 56, both ate the poisoned greens, and both had to be treated at a local hospital.

Johnson is being held at Cumberland County jail on $500,000 bond. Since she is older than 16, Johnson has been charged as an adult.

In an interview with The Fayetteville Observer, Gaylon stated

"We started feeling funny afterwards. He and I started feeling very funny, started feeling numb from my waist up."

Gaylon told the Observer than she was going to drive herself and Clifton to the hospital, but a friend advised against it, and drove the two to the hospital

Clifton is still experiencing some numbness in his fingers. Both he and Gaylon are expected to recover.

The deed might have gone unpunished, thinking it a bad case of food poisoning, had a friend not overheard Johnson telling a friend what she had done. Johnson did apologize to Clifton, saying she only meant the 'greens' for her grandmother.

Johnson also admitted to her crime to Fayetteville investigators.

Gaylon describes her granddaughter's attachment to her cell phone

"She paid more attention to that cellphone than her surroundings."

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