Woman accused of leaving poop in ex-employer’s oven and refrigerator

By David Ferguson
Saturday, March 2, 2013 15:16 EDT
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A home health care worker in Norwalk, CT is accused of leaving feces in her former employers’ oven and refrigerator after a work-related dispute. According to the Norwalk Hour, 40-year-old Fiona Clarke of Fairfield, CT turned herself in on Thursday and was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and breach of peace.

Connecticut’s Channel 12 News said that Clarke was tasked with caring for an elderly woman in Norwalk. The family asked Clarke earlier this year if she would like to work more hours. She declined. The dispute arose when the family hired another aide to cover the hours Clarke turned down.

When Clarke was rude to the new worker in early February, the family fired her. Days later, a family member turned on the oven in the house. Police reported that the house began to smell of “feces and mothballs.”

The family member opened the oven and found feces wrapped in a paper towel. More fecal matter was found in the elderly woman’s refrigerator.

Though Clarke denied the allegations, the Hour said, “police gathered enough probable cause to get a warrant signed for her arrest.”

Clarke posted $5,000 bond and was released. Her court date is set for March 7.

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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