A mother-of-three who wrote a book to help children cope with grief after her husband died has been charged with his murder.
Kouri Richins was arrested on Monday (May 8) in Utah, USA, and has been accused of poisoning her husband with a lethal dose of fentanyl at their home in Kamas, a small mountain town near Park City.
Richins, 33, allegedly poisoned her husband, Eric, by mixing the opioid into a Moscow mule cocktail, on March 4, 2022.
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Prosecutors say five times the lethal dose was found in Eric Richins' system. The charges come after an "unnamed acquaintance" is said to have admitted selling her the drug.
She then wrote a children’s picture book titled, “Are You With Me?” to help kids cope with the death of a loved one.
Richins was also charged with possessing GHB, a depressant drug associated with date rape.
Chillingly, she promoted her book on TV after her husband died. She said his death "completely took us all by shock."
Appearing on ABC4’s “Good Things Utah” before she was arrested. She said: "My husband passed away unexpectedly last year. March 4 was a one-year anniversary for us. He was 39.
“It completely took us all by shock. We have three little boys, 10, nine and six, and my kids and I kind of wrote this book on the different emotions and grieving processes that we’ve experienced in the last year.
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"I just wanted some story to read to my kids at night and I couldn’t find anything that suited them, so I was like, 'Let’s just write one'."
Prosecutors allege that Richins called authorities in the middle of the night to report that her husband, Eric Richins, was "cold to the touch."
Richins told police that she had made her husband a mixed vodka drink to celebrate him selling a home and then went to check on one of their children to sleep in their bedroom.
She then found her husband unresponsive and called emergency services.
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