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Johnson County mom charged with attempted capital murder

Posted: 11:37 AM, Feb 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-21 23:39:50Z

OLATHE, Kan. – Therese Roever appeared in Johnson County court Wednesday afternoon via video for an attempted capital murder charge. 

Roever is accused of giving a non-prescribed medication to her three children, all under the age of 10. Her bond is set at $1 million. 

Roever said there is no way she'd be able to come up with a million dollars, and asked for a reduced bond amount. The judge denied the request because of the nature of the charge. 

On Monday night, Olathe Police went to an apartment in the 1700 block of N. Lennox St. on a medical call.

Roever's ex-husband had gone to the apartment to pick the kids up from their visit.  

According to police dispatch reports, the officers found Roever "drugged up" and "barely awake but breathing." 

Police said Roever told them she had given the children a substance meant to harm them, and that it was intentional. 

The kids were taken to the hospital for treatment. 

On Wednesday, a person close to the family who did not want to be on camera said the kids are doing well. 

According to court records, Roever filed for divorce from her husband in March 2015.

The court docket in the case shows the parents and the judge filing several child custody agreements since the divorce filing. A ruling reached on Nov. 21, 2017, cleared the way for the children’s father to spend more time with them.

Roever had unsupervised visits for a few hours at a time. 

Court records show Roever wasn't allowed to give the children medication without contacting the children's father first. 

A judge ordered that Mr. Roever would be in charge of the kids' doctors appointments, and if the kids had a serious illness, only he could interact with the doctor.

On Tuesday, attorneys representing the father filed a request for an emergency motion in the existing divorce case. The attorney cited “the fact that petitioner has been arrested and booked on three counts of attempted capital murder with the children as victims.”