DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas mother accused of forcing her 4-year-old son to drink ant poison after telling her three children that she planned to kill them and herself has been charged with attempted capital murder.
Paw Eh, 31, was arrested Saturday. She remained in Dallas County jail on $500,000 bond on Monday. She did not have an attorney listed.
The 4-year-old child was being treated at a hospital, where his condition improved from critical to stable on Sunday. Dallas police did not have an update on his condition Monday. Police say Eh also tried, but failed, to force her 12-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son to ingest the poison.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the 7-year-old boy told authorities: "My mom wants to kill us with poison powder that kills ants and stuff."
That boy also told authorities that his mother had put ant poison in a spoon, added water and tried to force his brother to drink it. He said his brother didn't want to drink it and held his mouth closed so their mother slapped the 4-year-old on the cheek, causing him to cry. Eh then put the spoon in his mouth.
The 12-year-old girl told authorities that her mother had told them earlier in the day that she was going to kill them and herself, the affidavit says.
Neighbor Nay Thaw, a friend of the family, told CBS 11, that Eh "treated her children well, when I met her."
Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said Eh did not have a history with the agency, and that all three of her children have been taken into CPS custody.
Another neighbor, Sharl Nie, told the television station that she would sometimes go with Eh to the doctor to translate from her native Burmese language to English.
The affidavit did not make any reference to the father of the children and police had no information on a father.