A MOM allegedly plotted to gas her three young children, aged three, five and seven, to death but only changed her mind at the last minute.
Emily Sparks, 29, now faces three charges of attempted murder in Illinois.
O'Fallon PD has said that Sparks had attempted to murder her children “at a business outside of our area” in December according to a tip received on February 6.
She was found to have bought a canister of deadly carbon dioxide at an O'Fallon store in south Ilinois and had allegedly been intent on using it.
Lead investigator, Police Lt. Nicholas Schmidt, said: "She was going to open the canister of carbon dioxide inside the closed passenger compartment of the vehicle with her three children inside."
Schmidt said Sparks had planned to kill herself with the children, but changed her mind about the whole plan at the last minute and has since cooperated with the investigation.
Sparks is married and showed no signs of domestic abuse. The Department of Children and Family Services has confirmed that they had no prior contact with Sparks or her family.
Lt. Schmidt told reporters that her two sons and daughter are being cared for by relatives.
The mother-of-three is currently being held in the St. Clair County Jail on $250k bail.
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