SCHILLER PARK, Ill. -- A suburban Chicago mom is behind bars, charged with attempted murder after prosecutors say she tried to poison her two children because she was angry with their father.
Sister station WGN reports that Krystle El Khatib, 29, is accused of poisoning her nine-year-old son and four-year-old daughter by crushing up benzodiazepine pills, a psychoactive anti-anxiety medication, and mixing the drug into their apple juice.
WGN reports that she forced them to drink two glasses apiece, threatening to hit her son if he didn't. A criminal complaint states that she later told a social worker: "she brought her kids into this world and she can take them out." She's also said to have attempted suicide by drinking a similar cocktail.
Her kids were taken to a hospital after the boy woke up vomiting the next day and was able to contact his father. Both were treated for poisoning and released to their father.
El Khatib was also taken to a hospital before she was placed under arrest. Her bond has been set at $1.5 million.