JoCo DA: Olathe woman tried to kill her children with medication

Therese Roever was involved in a child custody case

Marc LaVoie
February 22, 2018 - 4:50 am

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The Johnson County District Attorney charged an Olathe woman with one count of attempted capital murder after she allegedly tried to kill her three children with an overdose of medication.

Therese Roever, 37, appeared in court Wednesday. A judge set her bond at $1 million. 

Police found Roever and her children in need of medical attention in their home Monday evening. Police said Roever gave them information indicating her children had taken a substance "meant to harm them."

One of Roever's neighbors, Cody Osterbag, said he had seen no indication of how bad things were inside the home.

"I had no idea that it was that crazy," Osterbag said. "That's insane."

Roever was taken to jail Monday night. Her children, a 9-year-old girl, her twin brother, and a 7-year old boy, remain hospitalized, but their father said Wednesday in a statement that they are recovering and should be returning home soon.

Johnson County court records show that Roever and her ex-husband were scheduled for a court hearing Tuesday as part of child custody case. The couple had filed numerous motions, most involving divorce proceedings, child custody and other domestic issues, since the case began in March 2015. They had filed another case beginning in 2011 and that case was dismissed in 2012. 

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