Illinois mom Krystle El Khatib allegedly tried to poison her children by lacing their apple juice with drugs. The 29-year-old woman, of Schiller Park, Cook County, now faces attempted murder charges. El Khatib allegedly crushed up benzodiazepine pills – an anti-anxiety medication — and placed the powder in apple juice, which she then force her 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter to drink.
Krystle El Khatib forced her daughter to drink two glasses of apple juice laced with drugs, according to Cook County police investigators. When her 9-year-old son refused to drink the juice, the Illinois mom threatened to hit him, law enforcement reports maintain.
El Khatib attempted to commit suicide by ingesting the same anti-anxiety drugs, after she forced the tainted apple juice onto her two children, according to police claims. Cook County prosecutors said the Illinois mom was upset that the father of her children did not want to spend time with her or be at home with the youngsters.
On Saturday, Krystle El Khatib reportedly sent a text to the father of her children, which read, “At least if I go to hell, I’ve already been there. The kids go to heaven. Peace from all.”
A Cook County judge set El Khatib’s bail at $1.5 million, and noted the young age of the children in relation to the attempted murder charges levied against her.
The Illinois mom allegedly attempted to poison her son and daughter on Sunday. The following morning, the boy woke up vomiting and was unable to wake his mother. In need of help, the 9-year-old boy sent a text to his dad, who ultimately took both children to a local hospital.
Staff at the hospital sent a police officer to check on Krystle El Khatib. When the law enforcement officers arrived at her home, they found that she was also in need of medical attention. El Khatib reportedly told the police that she gave the anti-anxiety drugs to her children because she “wanted all three of them to go to sleep and not wake up.”
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is currently investigating allegations of abuse and neglect inside the El Khatib home. The child protection agency had not had any prior contact with the family.
Both of the children were diagnosed with poisoning at the hospital and were placed in their father’s custody upon their recovery. The father declined to comment about the attempted murder charges after the court hearing on Thursday.
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