- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

CARBONDALE, Colo. (AP) - A Carbondale woman says she mixed an entire box of rat poison into smoothies for herself and her two daughters.

Thirty-two-year-old Maria Alvarado Gomez told police through an interpreter that she “would rather the children be dead than alive in Mexico,” where she said the girls’ father wanted to take them.

The Aspen Times reports (http://bit.ly/1o5Fg2N ) that the 8-year-old and 11-year-old girls were hospitalized and released. Alvarado-Gomez was arrested on two counts of first-degree attempted murder. The children were returned to their father after leaving the hospital.

The poisoning happened June 30. Gomez was arrested on Wednesday.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, http://www.aspentimes.com/