Charges: Woman Poisoned Young Son for Months

She allegedly says she 'accidentally' gave her son the wrong medication
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 6, 2015 6:58 PM CST
Rachel Kinsella   (St. Louis County)

(Newser) – A Missouri woman is accused of repeatedly poisoning her 9-year-old son for about a year. Prosecutors have charged 35-year-old Rachel Kinsella of Meadville with endangering the welfare of a child. Court documents allege investigators found that Kinsella was surreptitiously having her son treated at two hospitals, getting unspecified prescriptions at both. Authorities allege that Kinsella told police she "accidentally" gave her son the wrong medication on "an occasion." But medical experts say the type and amount of drugs found in the boy's system showed intentional poisoning. An attorney representing Kinsella, said, "She adamantly denies everything," and wants to get her son back. A judge Friday set Kinsella's bond at $50,000. (Read more child abuse stories.)

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