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article imageWoman charged in antifreeze poisoning deaths of husband, son

By Arthur Weinreb     Jun 23, 2013 in Crime
Springfield - The 51-year old Missouri woman was also charged with attempting to kill one of her daughters. A day after she was arrested, another daughter was charged with the same offences.
Diane Stoudte was arrested by Springfield, Missouri police on Friday after allegedly confessing to killing her husband and son and attempting to kill one of her daughters who remains in hospital in serious condition.
According to police, she killed her husband, Mark, 61, because she "hated him." She later killed her 26-year-old son, Shawn, because he was "worse than a pest." She also allegedly told investigators she poisoned her daughter Sarah Stoudte, 24, because "she wouldn't get a job and had student loans that had to be paid."
Stoudte was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, and one count of armed criminal action. The day after she was charged, police arrested another of Stoudte's daughters, Rachel, 22. She is facing the same charges as her mother.
Stoudte's husband died at home in April 2012. When police arrived, the woman told officers her husband had not been feeling well for a few days and had a few seizures. Despite not having a history of seizures, a medical examiner ruled the death to be from natural causes.
Last September, police were again called to the home after Stoudte's son, Shawn, stopped breathing. At that time, Stoudte said he had had flu-like symptoms for a few days. The medical examiner ruled his death was also from natural causes, caused by a pre-existing medical condition.
The plot began to unravel after Sarah was rushed to hospital earlier this month. On June 11, Springfield police received an anonymous phone call saying Stoudte was possibly responsible for "two or three homicides." Two days later, police went to the hospital.
According to police, when they got to the hospital, they learned doctors did not know exactly what was wrong with Sarah. She was unresponsive to treatment and had near fatal PH levels when she was admitted. But they also found out from a nurse that Stoudte's behaviour was "inappropriate."
The nurse said despite the seriousness of her daughter's condition, Stoudte was laughing and joking with staff. She told them she had a Florida vacation planned for the next week and was going regardless of Sarah's condition.
Stoudte met with police on Thursday and initially denied any involvement in the deaths of her son and husband or in what led to Sarah's condition. She later allegedly confessed to putting antifreeze in their drinks during the past 14 months.
Stoudte and Rachel are being held without bond. Sarah is expected to survive but may have permanent damage as a result of the ingestion of antifreeze.
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