Second Missouri woman charged in antifreeze poisoning deaths

Second Missouri woman charged in antifreeze poisoning deaths

Credit: KOLR-TV

Rachel Staudte, 22, was charged Saturday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

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by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH

AP

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 23 at 10:13 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A second Missouri woman has been charged with fatally poisoning two relatives and attempting to kill a third.

The Springfield News-Leader (http://is.gd/xEZ05e) reports that 22-year-old Rachel Staudte of Springfield was charged Saturday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

Staudte's mother, 51-year-old Diane Staudte, was charged Friday with the same counts. Court records say both women are jailed without bond in Greene County. It isn't immediately known if they have attorneys.

Rachel Staudte's father, 61-year-old Mark Staudte, died in April 2012 and her brother, 26-year-old Shawn Staudte, in September. An anonymous tip led authorities to re-examine the deaths earlier this month following the hospitalization of Rachel Staudte's sister, 24-year-old Sarah Staudte. Court documents say Sarah Staudte is expected to survive.

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