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Sandford Death: Accidental

The sheriff's department says Robert Sandford suffered from what's known as Munchausen Syndrome, an affliction in people who want to call attention to themselves.

County coroner Kenneth Leopold says it was diagnosed when he was evaluated at Ohio State University hospital for a previous poisoning case.

There's been no change in the determination as to how Sandford died, from exposure to colchicine, a chemical used as a plant food. Deputies say never found any criminal element.

While they believe Sandford's death wasn't directly related to the investigation of Robert Anderson, they believe the Anderson case at least partly led to his Munchausen illness.

Sheriff Robert Schlicher says the timing of the Anderson trial in August was a factor in delaying the release of the report.


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