A horrible story out of Texas, where children say their mother told them on Saturday that she planned to kill them and herself, then attempted to carry out that plan, WFAA reports. Paw Eh, 31, allegedly called her 4-year-old son to the kitchen and tried to force him to eat ant poison on a spoon; when he refused, she allegedly slapped him and forced the spoon into his mouth. This according to the boy's 12-year-old sister, who watched the whole thing; the girl says her mother also tried, unsuccessfully, to poison her other two children (the 12-year-old and a 7-year-old boy) before the two older kids ran to their grandma's apartment in the same Dallas complex and police were called.
The 4-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital, where his condition was upgraded from critical to stable condition Sunday, the Dallas News reports. The other two children were released to family members Saturday and later taken into the custody of Child Protective Services, and Eh was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder, CBS DFW reports. "My mom wants to kill us with poison powder that kills ants and stuff," the 7-year-old reportedly told police. A friend of Eh's reportedly told WFAA that Eh, who is from Burma and has neither a criminal record nor a history with CPS in Dallas County, struggled with insomnia and suicidal thoughts. A neighbor says she had medical problems and sometimes fell unconscious and woke up with no memory of what had happened.