Discerning which messages we get are from God and which ones aren't, he's another tragic example from the "NOT" column as reported in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Preschoolers drugged; charges possible
Mother says a voice from heaven directed her; neighbors' call likely saved pair
BY SHANNON PRATHER
A troubled St. Paul mother who claimed God told her to give her young children dangerous doses of psychiatric drugs — and then prayed by their side as they lay unconscious — could face criminal charges, police said.
The children, a 4-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, survived the ordeal. Their mother, Ayan Mohamed Omar, is in a secure psychiatric ward of Regions Hospital.
Omar, 30, initially refused to talk to officers but told the children's father "someone from heaven told her to give the pills to the children," according to police.
The two children were rushed to Children's Hospitals and Clinics in St. Paul on Nov. 5 for treatment of the apparent overdose. St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Schnell said they've been re-leased and are staying with their father.
"This is obviously a very extreme situation that has the potential to be horribly tragic," Schnell said. "These kids were exposed to a very dangerous situation that was quite severe. Fortunately, people called for help. Fortunately, we have access to excellent medical care locally."
Neighbors called Omar's relatives after noticing the two children appeared to be staggering around the Highwood neighborhood apartment complex as if they were drunk. Omar's family called police to the apartment in the 300 block of Winthrop Street South at 10 a.m.
Officers found a relative holding the girl, who was slipping in and out of consciousness. The boy lay on the couch unconscious and unresponsive. The mother was kneeling on the living room floor.
Both children were hospitalized. The girl remained overnight for observation after her condition was stabilized. The boy, who was in unstable condition, was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit.
Omar first denied giving the children anything. During a Nov. 8 interview with police, she said she gave them Tylenol, which doctors ruled out as the possible toxin. She then told an officer that God instructed her to give the children the medication, which she usually kept out of their reach.
Police said they would likely turn the case over to Ramsey County prosecutors this week.