Also facing other charges outside Loudon County involving the same victim
LENOIR CITY, Tennessee (WATER) – A woman from Tennessee Is facing federal charges after U.S. Postal Service investigators said she sent packages containing female products and human blood-stained feces to her husband’s ex-wife.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service criminal complaint filed against Della Marie Gibson Lathum, 37, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, accuses Lathum of violating service rules postal mail by sending biohazardous materials. USPS Rules say that materials such as biological and regulated waste are not permitted in domestic mail, except when intended for medical or veterinary use.
An arrest report says Gibson was voluntarily questioned in April at Parkwest Medical Center where she was employed as a registered nurse. During questioning, Gibson admitted to sending the packages with the excrement and the letter containing the bloodstained female towel to her husband’s ex-wife. Gibson also admitted that the blood came from a patient in the hospital, according to the report.
Gibson told investigators she posted the products because she wanted “the kids” to know the truth about the ex-wife, saying she was lazy, didn’t work, and lived off the system. Gibson told investigators that she, on the other hand, works hard for everything she has.
Gibson was released on bail pending trial in federal court. The documents detail the conditions of this release, which include probation, travel restrictions and non-consumption of alcohol. Gibson also cannot seek medical employment and must avoid direct or indirect contact with the victim and their minor children.
Loudon County accuses more mailed letters, vandalism
Arrest warrants from the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, Gibson, admitted sending another letter in April to her husband’s ex-wife and using the Parkwest Medical Center property to do so. Gibson posted the letter with a return address to the women’s health specialist, investigators said, and the words “New Patient” were stamped on the front in red ink, along with derogatory statements inside. Gibson, who was a registered nurse at the time, admitted to using a hospital-owned “New Patient” stamp to stamp the front of the envelope.
In late March, Gibson was arrested in Loudon County for vandalism after the ex-wife’s work car was damaged in the parking lot of Lenoir City High School during a banquet for students. The children discovered damage to the car, according to the arrest report. Gibson admitted to intentionally causing the damage, valued at over $ 1,000.
Arrest warrants from the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office also indicate that Gibson admitted to sending another letter in April disguised as a party invitation to the ex-wife’s underage daughter containing derogatory statements such as ” You are a poor white garbage faking a fantasy life “and” your mom is broke and lazy and won’t pay her bills.
Gibson is scheduled to appear on July 28 on charges of criminal harassment and vandalism. She was arrested in May and released on bail. The May reservation documents indicate that Gibson was unemployed.
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