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WEST POINT — Prosecutors who charged a West Point woman for allegedly poisoning her husband using eyedrops, but later dropped the charge, have refiled their case.

On Dec. 13, Chandra Vayu Stevens Read, 33, was charged in 2nd District Court with surreptitious administration of a certain substance, a class A misdemeanor. It's the same charge that was filed against her in August.

But in October, prosecutors asked that the case be dismissed “on the grounds that further investigation needs to be conducted," according to court documents.

New charging documents state that Dallen Tubbs, Read's husband, "had been ill for several months. Mr. Tubbs described his symptoms as headaches, nausea, blurred vision, diarrhea and 40 pounds weight loss."

On Aug. 1, Tubbs stayed home from work and searched his house for a cause to his illness.

"He found a black cloth bag containing many empty eyedrop bottles with their tops removed. He researched the active ingredient tetrahydrozoline on the internet and found that the symptoms of ingesting the chemical mirrored his own," the charges state.

When he confronted Read about what he had found, she told him: "It wasn't just for you. It was for someone else, too," according to court documents.

Police were called and a search warrant was served on the house. Investigators found 11 empty boxes of eyedrops, 10 empty bottles and six unopened boxes of the eyedrops, the charges state.

Her initial court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 7.