Dad pleads not guilty to poisoning child with cleaner

Associated Press

Northampton, Mass. — A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to trying to kill his sick 7-year-old daughter by poisoning her with drain cleaner.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 32-year-old Christopher Conley, of Northampton, was held without bail on Thursday on charges including attempted murder.

The girl underwent a seven-hour surgery April 17 to remove two-thirds of her small intestine and part of her bladder.

Surgeons said they suspected someone injected a corrosive fluid into her cecostomy tube.

Authorities say Conley told investigators he used Liquid-Plumr and a prescription painkiller overdose because he wanted to end his seriously ill daughter’s pain. Court records do not give details of her illness.

A call before normal business hours to Conley’s attorney was not immediately returned Friday.