Mother to be sentenced for attempted poisoning of daughters

Gavel (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas woman is scheduled to be sentenced next month for attempting to give her daughters Kool-Aid laced with prescription drugs.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the sentencing is set for Sept. 2 for Shakina Dauniel Lawton. She pleaded guilty in February to two counts of attempted murder. Before making the plea agreement, Lawton faced two charges of attempted first-degree murder.

Senior assistant district attorney Todd Hiatt said her daughters were 14 and 9 when Lawton brought them into the kitchen, where she gave them the medication-laced Kool-Aid. The older daughter called 911 and told dispatchers her mother was trying to poison her and her sister.

Hiatt said that Lawton hadn’t been taking her medication for mental health ailments, including bipolar disorder and depression.

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