Chicago Woman Charged with Murder After Forcing Boyfriend to Drink Bleach

A West Englewood woman has been charged with first-degree murder after she overpowered her boyfriend and forced him to drink bleach, authorities said Wednesday.

Yasmine Elder, 24, got into a fight with Darrius Ellis, 26, early Monday morning while sitting in a van in the 6500 block of South Bishop Street, police said.

Elder was able to overpower Ellis, then forced him down and poured bleach down his throat, according to a Chicago police source. Elder forced the man to drink the caustic substance about 1:45 a.m. Monday, according to a police news release.

Officers found Ellis lying on the ground sometime later early Monday, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On Tuesday, an autopsy determined Ellis died of “complications from forcible administration of a caustic substance,” according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide.

Relatives said Ellis was the father of a 5-year-old son.

“He was a good kid,’’ said Ellis’ maternal grandfather, Clarence Hebron. “Everybody loved him.”

Hebron said he lived near Ellis in Englewood and saw him almost every day. He would look after Ellis’ son on weekends or whenever needed.

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Source: Chicago Tribune | William Lee and Rosemary Regina Sobol