Mother allegedly forced kids to drink poisoned apple juice

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SCHILLER PARK, Ill. -- An Illinois mother has been arrested for allegedly poisoning her children's apple juice. Her bond has been set to $1.5 million.

Krystle El Khatib, 29, allegedly poisoned her kids because she was mad at 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.

She then reportedly tried to kill herself with a similar cocktail.

Authorities say her son woke up vomiting the next day and was able to contact his father.

The children were released to the custody of their father after they received medical treatment at a nearby 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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