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Mother accused of giving her children poisoned apple juice

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Krystle El Khatib. (CNN photo) Krystle El Khatib. (CNN photo)

A mother in Illinois is accused of trying to kill her two children with poisoned apple juice.

Prosecutors said Krystle El Khatib told police she wanted all three of them to go to sleep and not wake up. They alleged that she poisoned the two children, then attempted to kill herself with an anti-anxiety drug.

They suspect that El Khatib did it because she was angry with the children's father.

El Khatib has been charged with attempted murder.

A judge set her bond at $1.5 million. He took into consideration the children's ages and the nature of the accusations.

Prosecutors said the poisoning happened at the family's home on the 9200 block of Seymour in Schiller Park on Sunday.

They claimed that El Khatib crushed benzodiazepine pills, put them in apple juice and forced her 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter to drink the juice.

El Khatib then took the anxiety medication and the pain killer Norco.

The boy woke up the next morning, could not wake up his mother and sent his father a text, according to prosecutors.

While at the hospital, police said El Khatib made some other disturbing statements.

"It was something to the effect, 'I brought these kids into the world, I could take them out of the world,'” said Chief Anthony Brzezniak, Schiller Park police. “I can't tell you that we've had any domestic incidents over at that residence. She has no prior criminal history. I'm unaware of any contact with DCFS."

The children have since left the hospital and are in the care of their father. He declined to comment.

El Khatib faced a judge on Thursday.

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