Roxy van Beek Pridgen, 36, was indicted for attempted murder after she allegedly poisoned her daughter.
(Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office)
The police in Oregon charged a woman with attempted murder after she allegedly poisoned her daughter’s drink following an argument.
Roxy van Beek Pridgen, 36, Athena, was initially arrested by the Oregon State Police on Sunday for driving under the influence of narcotics, the East Oregonian reported. But she was later released to the custody of the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, who arrested her for attempted murder.
Authorities say that the alleged poisoning occurred after a quarrel between Pridgen and her minor daughter, Fox 12 reported. The woman is believed to have been a part of her own prescription medications, they take for a mental illness, her daughter to drink, so the girl fell ill on Oct. 29, according to the East Oregonian.
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In a statement from the sheriff’s office, authorities said that the defendant’s admission to poisoning of her daughter, the East Oregonian reported.
“Pridgen admittedly brought a quantity of a prescribed drug in a drink and gave it to her young daughter, leading to her death because they are arguing and fighting,” the statement said. “Young became ill after consuming the drink.”
Pridgen was charged with both the attempted murder and sexual assault, according to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office online records. She remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.
The case remains under investigation, the East Oregonian said.