Mom Charged With Poisoning Her 3 Kids During Messy Custody Battle

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The thought of a parent purposely harming her child is so heinous it's almost unthinkable. A 37-year-old mother of three has been accused of doing the unthinkable after allegedly poisoning her three young children in the midst of a custody battle with her ex-husband.


The Kansas City Star reports that officers were called to Therese Roever's apartment in Olathe, Kansas, on Monday evening at around 7 p.m. The children's father, John Roever, arrived at the home to pick up the couple's three children from their scheduled visit with their mom. According to Fox 4, neighbors heard John banging on his ex-wife's front door for some time before police were called. 

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Upon arrival, officers reportedly found Therese Roever, her 9-year-old daughter, and her 7- and 9-year-old sons seriously ill and in need of immediate medical attention. In a press release, police said the mom gave herself and her kids "a substance meant to harm them." All four of them were hospitalized in serious condition. Therese Roever was released late Monday evening and booked into the Johnson County Jail. The children are alive and are recovering in the hospital. 

Johnson County Sheriff's Office

The mom was charged with one count of attempted capital murder and her bond was set at $1 million. Further investigation of court records revealed that Therese and John Roever have been fighting over custody of their kids since their divorce in 2016. John Roever has full residential custody of all three, but over the course of their custody battle, Therese Roever has made several allegations of abuse against her ex-husband. Officials claim to have found no evidence to support these claims. In June 2017, a judge ruled that the mom made "fake reports regarding the children," and demanded that her visitation with her kids be supervised by a third party individual.

In November 2017, however, that order was changed, and Therese Roever was permitted to have unsupervised visits with her children. The Kansas City Star revealed that Therese and John Roever were set to appear in court on Tuesday, February 20, as part of their ongoing custody battle. That hearing was, of course, canceled following Therese's attempted murder of her kids.

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John Roever has chosen not to comment on the traumatic incident that almost took the lives of his children, but his attorney, Randy McCalla, did give a short update on the kids' condition, saying in a statement, "Thankfully the children are recovering and should be returning home very soon."

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