A North Carolina woman has asked to have her parental rights revoked after she allegedly tried to poison her two young sons with lighter fluid in their sodas.
Octavia Robinson, 34, of Fayetteville, was arrested Monday and accused of spiking her 6-year-old and 10-year-old sons’ cream sodas with lighter fluid. She faces two counts each of distributing food containing noxious or deleterious material and misdemeanor child abuse, the Fayetteville Observer reported.
According to police, one of the boys knocked on their neighbor’s door at the motel where they live saying the drink smelled funny. She called police.
"As soon as you popped it, it hit your face, it was hurting your stomach,” Tracy Madison, Robinson’s neighbor, told CBS 17.
She said the 6-year-old boy was transported to the hospital after drinking some of the soda but has been released. It’s unclear if the 10-year-old boy drank any of the poisoned drink.
The children were taken into the custody by the Cumberland County Department of Social Services.
District Attorney Billy West on Tuesday requested Robinson’s bail be increased from $30,000 to $100,000 due to mental health issues. Robinson said she did not have the money.
“I don’t have the money,” Robinson said. “You know what I want to say? I’m going to sit this one out.”
The mother then asked Judge Beth Keever to have her parental rights terminated.
“I would like to have my parental right terminated,” Robinson said.
“We’re not even close to deciding that,” Keever responded.
Robinson started to yell and curse after West suggested she undergo a mental health evaluation.
“Mental health is played a prank,” Robinson said. “I’m done playing. I’m done with Fayetteville.”