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Johnson County mom who tried to poison kids faces new attempted murder charge

Posted at 2:31 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 15:49:34-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.Therese Roever now faces a second count of attempted capital murder after the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office filed a new charge Tuesday afternoon.

Roever is the mom from Olathe who has been in jail since February on a $1 million bond as she awaits trial for poisoning her three children.

Now, Roever also has been charged with entering “in an agreement to murder John Roever toward the perpetration of the crime of capital murder,” according to Johnson County court documents.

John Roever is her ex-husband. Therese filed for divorce in March 2015.

Roever allegedly tried to have her husband killed from jail, because the date range for the new charge started the same day she was jailed in February for the attempted murder of the couple’s children.

She made her first appearance on the second attempted capital murder charge Wednesday in Johnson County District Court.

Roever was found competent to stand trial in April.

She allegedly gave her three children, all under the age of 10, non-prescribed medication “meant to harm them” during the evening of Feb. 19, 2018.

When the ex-husband and father arrived to pick up the children, he was unable to get in the house or reach Roever by phone for more than an hour.

Therese eventually answered the door “drugged and groggy” and John then discovered the children also had been drugged.

First responders found a 7-year-old unresponsive on a bed, a 5-year-old who’d collapsed near another bed and another 7-year-old crying in the bathroom.

Two of the three children were treated with Narcan, which is commonly used in cases of opioid overdoses, en route to the hospital.

Doctors at a local hospital told police two of the children would have died if they hadn’t been treated when they were.

Therese has a preliminary hearing in the for the attempted murder charge related to her children and an initial preliminary hearing in the charge related to the attempted murder of her husband at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 18.