Schiller Park woman accused of trying to murder her children with poisoned apple juice

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SCHILLER PARK, Ill. -- Bond has been set at $1.5 million for a suburban mother.

Krystle El Khatib, 29, of Schiller Park, is charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to murder her children with poisoned apple juice because she was angry with their father.

According to prosecutors, El Khatib crushed up benzodiazepine pills, an anti-anxiety drug, into some apple juice, and forced her 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter to drink two glasses each. She threatened to hit her son if he didn't do so.

Then, they say she tried kill herself with a similar cocktail.

Authorities say the 9-year-old boy woke up the following day, vomiting, and was able to get in touch with his father.

The children were taken to an area hospital, treated for poisoning and released into the custody of their father.

El Khatib was later found at her home by police and also taken to the hospital.

At the hospital, a criminal complaint against El Khatib says she "told a social worker at the hospital that she brought her kids into this world and she can take them out."

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