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Girl allegedly tries to poison mom twice for taking away iPhone

Technically Incorrect: A 12-year-old girl in Colorado is arrested and accused of trying to poison her mother with bleach, all because mom took away her phone.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Is the deprivation of a phone grounds for murdering your mother? Apple screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The circumstances, as relayed by authorities, are chilling.

On one occasion, police say, a mother was drinking a breakfast smoothie when she sensed a strange odor about it.

On another occasion, mom wanted a drink of water. She went to the water carafe, where she smelled the very same odor she'd noticed coming from the smoothie.

In both cases: bleach.

As Reuters reports, police arrested her 12-year-old daughter, because mom believed her daughter was trying to poison her.

The local Colorado police explained of the water carafe incident: "This is when she learned her daughter had developed the plan to kill her for taking away her iPhone."

This is, indeed, the accusation: the attempts to kill a mom were perpetrated by a 12-year-old who'd had her iPhone taken away. The incidents allegedly occurred on March 2 and March 6.

ABC7 in Denver offered that in the smoothie incident, the mom merely wondered whether her daughter had done sufficient washing of the glass.

The daughter is now in a juvenile detention center, charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder.

Neither the girl nor the mother have been named. The Boulder County Police are not offering any more details at this stage.

It may be that no one can possibly know the complete context surrounding these events. But the mere idea that an iPhone sanction can lead to actions such as those alleged here is frightening.