Mother who tried to poison child sentenced to 25 years in prison

A 27-year-old woman in the west of the country - who attempted to kill her own five-year-old daughter last year by giving her antifreeze to drink – has been handed an extraordinary sentence of 25 years in prison. The ruling was handed down on Friday by the regional court in Plzeň. The state prosecutor had asked for a tough sentence between 20 and 30 years behind bars. The defendant in the case, the court found, bought car antifreeze last August and carefully planned to poison her child, mixing the substance with tea. The little girl fell severely ill and was only saved due to the diligence of doctors, who were able to treat her after the mother had a change of heart and called for help. The judge presiding over the case stressed it was just short of a miracle the child had survived and stressed it was not the mother but healthcare specialists who had saved her life.

Author: Jan Velinger