MONROE TOWNSHIP – The family of a Monroe Township man, whose death in January was attributed to thallium poisoning allegedly administered by his estranged wife, has filed suit against the wife’s employer, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and University Medical Center in Princeton, where the man died.
The suit, filed in Superior Court in Camden last week, charges that Bristol-Myers Squib knew Tianle-Li, Xiaoye Wang’s estranged wife who worked there as a researcher-chemist, should never have been permitted to obtain thallium, a highly toxic heavy metal.
Authorities said Li, who is charged with Wang’s murder, began feeding him thallium sometime in November 2010 and continued while he was in the hospital.
The complaint charged the doctors believed Wang may have been showing signs of “paranoid syndrome” when he told them his suspicions. Wang and Li were supposed to finalize their divorce on Jan. 14, 2011, the day Wang admitted himself into the hospital.
Li was charged with her husband’s murder in February and remains at the Middlesex County jail in lieu of $4.15 million bail.
“A talented software engineer and a loving father of a toddler would be alive today if only one of the world’s biggest drug makers, and an accredited medical center had just done their jobs,” said Robert Mongeluzzi, one of the attorneys representing Wang’s estate. “Bristol-Myers knew or should have known that Li was an unstable person who should never have had access to deadly thallium.
“And the hospital and its professional staff, including doctors, should have listened to their patient who feared for his life. Instead they enabled her time and access to finish what she had started. This may sound like a story line right out of Agatha Christie, CSI or HOUSE, but it is tragically true.”