MP girl acused of poisoning roommate

An argument between roommates about dirty dishes could result in jail time for one Mt. Pleasant resident. Kayla A. Bonkowski, 19, appeared before the Isabella County Magistrate Sandra Straus Wednesday afternoon, charged with a felony count of poisoning food, drink, medicine or water supply.

According to the arrest warrant, Bonkowski, a Central Michigan University student allegedly put bleach in her roommates ice tea on Nov. 7 at the home they shared in Union Township after the two had argued over dirty dishes. The suspect was scheduled to appear on Monday, Dec. 10 but according to court officials, showed up Wednesday.

According to a press release sent to the this newspaper, the charge carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in a state prison.

According to the same press release, the 20 year-old victim was given medical treatment after the incident and has since been released.

Bonkowski posted a cash bond of $2000 after her arrest, on a warrant that was issued by the Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office. One of the condition’s of Bonkowski’s bond is that she has no contact with the victim, as ordered by Straus. A Dec. 13 preliminary hearing is scheduled for the suspect.


Straus entered a not guilty plea on her behalf and continued Bonkowski’s $20,000 or 10 percent bond, which she posted Monday.