PORT ORANGE, FL (WESH/CNN) - A mother is behind bars after police say she tried to kill her two young children and herself with toilet cleaner on Saturday.
Police said Amelia West, 29, tried to kill herself and her two young children, a 3-month-old and a 2-year-old, by forcing them to drink toilet bowl cleaner.
Police responded to the home around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The children were taken to a local hospital for observation and were later released.
According to the Department of Children and Families, the two kids are staying with family members. DCF could not say whether or not they have had any prior cases with West but said in a statement: “we are checking to see if there are any other safety concerns for the children. ... In these types of cases we will follow up to make sure that the children are receiving any follow up medical care that may be needed.”
A man inside the home did not answer when contacted late Saturday.
West was arrested without incident based on the detective’s findings and evidence found at the scene. She has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse.
“It’s a sad situation’ it really is,” neighbor Catherine Gardner said.
Gardner also said West kept to herself, didn’t take her kids for walks, or engage socially with other neighbors. She believes West lived alone.
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