Minnesota Mother Charged With Poisoning Children With Seroquel – One Child Dies
Posted Jul 12 2009 11:06pm
Death is rare with side effects, except like any medication if an overdose is present. This is very sad and eye opening at the same time. The drug is used for treating bi-polar disease and the mother also tried to kill herself, sad that the one boy did die.
Was the mother taking the Seroquel for bi-polar or schizophrenia conditions? An evaluation of her condition has been ordered. BD
HASTINGS, Minn. — A Minnesota mother charged with murder told police she and her two youngest children planned to commit suicide together and invoked Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch to them as an image of heaven, prosecutors said Friday.
Patricia Ann Becht, 42, was charged Friday with first-degree premeditated murder for the death of her son, Michael, 10, and with the attempted first-degree murder of her daughter, Erica, 11. The complaint said Becht gave police a statement in her hospital room Tuesday in which she admitted planning with the two children to commit suicide using pills.
The single mother told police she gave each child 10 tablets of Seroquel — which is commonly used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — and took 25 to try to kill herself, according to the criminal complaint filed in Dakota County District Court.
Police found "numerous" pill bottles in the house containing several psychiatric drugs. The complaint didn't say if Becht gave anything to the children except Seroquel. The manufacturer's literature says overdose deaths from Seroquel are very rare.