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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