Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dad gives four children sleeping pills (Oneida, Wisconsin)

Police say UNNAMED DAD attempted to "harm himself" with sleeping pills--and also handed pills to his four children. Is this a custody/visitation thing? Somehow, it has the trappings of one--especially now that the children are in the mother's custody. Chances are the mother would have been in a situation to intervene or call the police had she been in the home. And she probably would have lost "temporary" custody to CPS had she been in the home and not intervened in some way.

Father gives four children sleeping pills
Updated: Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010, 1:17 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 22 Dec 2010, 1:01 PM CST

Reporter: Ben Krumholz
TOWN OF ONEIDA - Oneida police say a 36-year-old man trying to harm himself with sleeping pills also gave some to his four children.

The children, ages 5 to 11, each took a couple pills according to Police Chief Rich Van Boxtel.

Police say the man ingested more than 40 pills.

The name of the man and the victims are not being released at this time.

Authorities were notified of the incident after the man called 911 around 7:20 Tuesday evening. While on the phone with the dispatcher, the man alerted authorities about the situation but did not tell them his location. That forced Oneida police to respond to several different locations looking for the man and his children.

"It was more of a process of elimination before we were able to find where he was," said Van Boxtel.

The children were all released from the hospital Tuesday night and are now staying with their mother.

Meanwhile, the 36-year-old is scheduled to undergo a mental evaluation today.

"It was important for us to make sure his mental stability was taken care of first," said Van Boxtel. "We'll take care of the charges and stuff later."

Oneida police are working with the Outagamie Co. District Attorney’s office on possible charges.