Police: Two Charged With Fatal Antifreeze Poisonings

8:54 PM, Jun 22, 2013   |    comments
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KANSAS CITY, MO -- A Missouri woman and her daughter have confessed to fatally poisoning two relatives with antifreeze and attempting to kill a third over a 14-month period. Court documents show that 51-year-old Diane Staudte of Springfield was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action. Her 22-year-old daughter Rachel Staudte, 22, was charged with the same counts Saturday.

Both women are jailed without bond. A spokeswoman for the Greene County prosecutor's office didn't immediately return an email from The Associated Press. It wasn't clear if the women had attorneys.

A court document said Diane Staudte initially told law enforcement that her 61-year-old husband, Mark Staudte, hadn't been feeling well and suffered from seizures before his April 2012 death. And it said Diane Staude told authorities that her 26-year-old son Shawn had been sick with flu-like symptoms before his death in September.

The medical examiner in Greene County had at first ruled that the husband died of natural causes and the son as a result of prior medical issues.

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