Bond set for SC man accused of tainting dialysis

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A hemodialysis unit's dialysate solution tanks

A hemodialysis unit’s dialysate solution tanks. (Wikipedia/Creative Commons Photo)

(AP) – A judge has set a $525,000 bond for a man who authorities say poured bleach into the water tanks used for kidney dialysis machines as revenge against his employer.

A spokesman for Fresenius Medical Services says the bleach was found during one of several daily checks before any patients were harmed.

Investigators say 49-year-old Donald Foster III was suspended from his job as equipment manager on July 2, and broke in a few days later. He has been charged with attempted murder and second-degree burglary.

Authorities say patients could have died if clinic workers hadn’t found the bleach in the water.

Foster asked the judge Thursday to let him out of jail because he is a single parent with a young daughter. Prosecutors asked for the highest bond possible, but did not give a specific amount.

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