A Southern California dermatologist was arrested last week for allegedly poisoning her husband, who set up a hidden camera to catch her in the act, police said.
Yue Yu, 45, who treats patients at an office in Mission Viejo, was busted Thursday after Irvine police served a search warrant at the couple’s home.
Her 53-year-old husband — whose identity has not been released — told police he had been suffering from an unexplained ailment for about a month.
“His condition became increasingly worse and based on the husband examining his routine and looking at what could be causing it, he grew suspicious of his wife and put a hidden camera in place that captured her poisoning him,” Irvine police Lt. Bill Bingham told The Post Monday.
Yu’s husband of 10 years — who turned over the video evidence to authorities – “sustained significant internal injuries,” but is expected to recover, police said.
Bingham declined to elaborate further or provide additional details of the alleged poisoning, citing an ongoing investigation.
Detectives are still investigating a potential motive, Bingham said.
“We do believe this is a domestic-related incident,” he said. “There’s nothing that we discovered that could cause concern for patients that [Yu] treated.”
Yu’s husband filed for an emergency restraining order in Orange County on Friday — one day after the dermatologist’s arrest, court documents reviewed by The Post show.
A hearing had been set for Aug. 18 in connection to the restraining order, which the hubby is seeking while claiming he was the victim of domestic violence, court documents show.
He also filed for divorce on Friday. The couple have been married since July 2012 and have two kids, ages 7 and 8.
Yu’s husband is seeking sole custody of their children and asked the court to keep the kids away from their mom pending an upcoming court proceeding.
Yu is affiliated with Providence Mission Hospital, which issued a statement noting her arrest while saying staffers were cooperating with authorities.
“The incident is a domestic matter which occurred in Irvine and we want to reassure our community that there has been no impact on our patients,” Mission Heritage Medical Group officials told The Post while referring additional inquiries to cops.
Yu’s biography was apparently removed from the hospital’s website as of Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported. She had previously attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis.
Yu, whose bail was set at $30,000, was released from custody late Friday after posting bond, online records show. It’s unclear if she’s hired an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
Prosecutors are reviewing the allegations Monday to determine what charges to file, according to an Orange County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman. She declined to comment on Yu’s possible motive, but said what Irvine cops released Friday was accurate.
Staffers at Yu’s Mission Viejo office declined to comment when reached by The Post early Monday. Attempts to reach her and her husband were unsuccessful.
In 2010, Yu became a board-certified dermatologist in California, where she’s currently listed in good standing with the American Board of Dermatology. She was later certified in micrographic dermatologic surgery in 2021, online records show.