Mom Accused of Taking 8-Month-Old on Suicide Mission in Family Car

Elizabeth Kruger
Elizabeth Kruger
A mom in a Chicago suburb tried to take her own life recently via crashing her car. Elizabeth Kruger drove her SUV into two vehicles Tuesday afternoon, and when that didn't work, she crashed her car into a home. Making this upsetting situation all the more disturbing? Kruger had her 8-month-old baby in the car with her.

Kruger has been charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, one count of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, one count of endangering the life of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as numerous traffic offenses. Both Kruger and her son were hospitalized after the crash, and both, thankfully, are in good condition.

It's extremely sad that Kruger felt that taking her own life was the only way out of whatever issues and problems she's dealing with, but I have to say, taking her infant child along for the ride, as well as innocent motorists and people inside of their home, is incredibly disturbing. There seems to be an unsettling trend going on, where mothers are bringing their children with them when attempting suicide. A few weeks ago, we heard about the jilted lover who brought her sons with her in the car and lit off fireworks in an attempt to take her own life. And then just recently, there was the pregnant mother who drove her van into the ocean while her kids were in there. It still is unclear whether it was a suicide attempt or a medication issue, but still -- terrifying that three children and a woman almost lost their lives.

I feel for Elizabeth Kruger, really I do. But I'm sorry, I think the hefty charges she's been dealt are in order. She could have killed a lot of people on Tuesday, including a little boy who hasn't even been alive for a year. There needs to be consequences for that. And hopefully, she'll get the help she needs.

Do you think the charges Kruger is facing are just?

Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.



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These stories are becoming too much and too often.  Something has got to give...I am not sure of the solution but...SMDH

Jacee... Jacee2348

I'm tired of reading "hopefully she'll get the help she needs" with every single disturbing story of these psycho f'ing "mothers" trying to murder their children.  Screw that...  There's PLENTY of help available in this day and age; NOBODY ASKS FOR IT!  They simply decide to murder or attempt to murder their children.  Thankfully some of them are failing and at least the children are being placed in homes where someone won't try to end their life before it hardly had a chance to begin.  Suck it up people; life is hard, for most people.  No more excuses for murdering your babies!! PRISON TIME!!

Vanessa Fasanella

Every state has 'safe haven' laws for this reason. You can drop off newborns at any PD, FD, or hospital, and children under 18 at any state or city office. People will help you.


You feel for Kruger,you really do. Isn't that nice. Guess you have a soft spot for Susan Smith and Diane Downs too. Why do you Stir people always fly to mental illness asap? There are evil people out there, and why I don't think they are "normal" I do think if everyone thought that way no one would ever get locked up ,because they were mental. It does a great disservice to the truly mentally ill.

lalab... lalaboosh

There is not plenty of help available. I'm not even going to waste my time explaining how false that statement is.

nonmember avatar Jacee

I wouldn't want to waste my time reading it either.

nonmember avatar sorry excuse

I'm calling B.S....she was prob high as a kite wrecked and hoping to elude charges tried to pull the suicide card...despicable.

steph... steph0420

@sorryexcuse. It's not bs. This happened right near where I live. The 2nd wreck she caused before hitting a house she almost killed my friends aunt

nonmember avatar sorry excuse

I'm not saying it didn't happen...I'm saying shes worthless and can't handle going to jail she rather sit in a psych ward for awhile. She's a sorry excuse for a mother and human being.

nonmember avatar Dedra

I had postpartum pyschosis after the birth of my son. But while I never wanted to harm him, I did want to kill myself so bad I couldn't stand it. I did seek help. I was hospitalized twice, seen 5 different psychologist, and still didnt get the appropriate help. All the medications they put me on didn't help, or made things 1000 times worse. Unfortunately most doctors have no idea where to even begin with treatment.

That being said, I don't think what this woman, or any woman who tries to murder their children did was right, and that they should be punished or confined for mandatory psychiatric treatment. She should have taken herself to the emergancy room for treatment.

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