Michelle, suburban mom who drugged her kids

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On the outside, Michelle, a single mother of three children, looked like a typical suburban mother. On the inside, however, she says she, like a lot of moms, was falling apart. Michelle had recently filed for bankruptcy and gone through a divorce. With bills piling up while she also tried to go to school and put food on the table, Michelle says she couldn't handle the pressure.

One afternoon, Michelle hit her breaking point. Not able to deal with her bickering children that day, she put Xanax in their juice. When she saw her 5-year-old began to tire, Michelle panicked and called 911. After hospital testing and staying overnight for observation, Michelle's three children were still healthy. But after being held in jail for four days, and losing custody of her children and losing a lot of friends, Michelle's life was forever changed.
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Published on May 26, 2005

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