Mom Accused of Forcing 2 Children to Drink Toilet Bowl Cleaner

A 29-year-old mother of two is charged with trying to kill her young children -- with toilet bowl cleaner. Police responded to a suicide attempt call in Port Orange, Florida, and reportedly found the mom, as well as her 2-year-old and 2-month-old children, suffering the effects of having ingested the chemical. Police say the mom admits she forced her babies to drink the poisonous liquid.

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Reportedly, Amelia West told police she had been depressed -- especially since she moved to Florida from Tennessee. Apparently she had already once tried to harm herself before she moved.

Police say before she forced the children to drink toilet cleaner, she had them all get naked and lie on the floor together. At one point, she and the children apparently were all on the front lawn naked. She then reportedly went to a neighbor's house and asked if the neighbor knew Jesus.

West reportedly told cops she was hearing voices and decided that they would all be better off if they went to meet God. Hearing voices, believing God is calling you home, and becoming naked in public all point to serious emotional problems. It's unclear who called police about the mom's suicide attempt -- but you have to wonder if anyone did it while the woman and her kids were outside naked. That would be a surefire sign something is terribly off.

Said a neighbor: "I would say she was out of her mind, she needed help and she should have asked for help."

Luckily, the children survived and are now with their paternal grandparents. The mom is charged with two counts of attempted murder -- but you really have to wonder if this woman belongs in prison or a psychiatric ward.

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Hopefully, these poor children are in a safe environment and they're young enough to forget that their mom tried to do this to them.

Do you think she needs psychiatric help? Or prison?

If you're concerned about yourself or someone you love, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Image via Port Orange Police

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