Mom accused of poisoning kids' smoothies

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A 32-year-old mother accused of mixing an entire box of rat poison into smoothies for herself and her two daughters is facing two counts of first-degree attempted murder.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports ( ) Maria Alvarado-Gomez, of Carbondale, told investigators through an interpreter that she "would rather the children be dead than alive in Mexico," where she said the girls' father wanted to take them. Court records do not say anything about the father wanting to leave with the girls.

Documents indicate the poisoning took place Monday morning but was not reported until the next day when Alvarado-Gomez was at a regular doctor's appointment complaining of trouble sleeping.

The girls, ages 8 and 11, were taken to a hospital and later released.


Information from: Post Independent,

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