A Missouri mother is in hot water after she’s alleged to have traveled long distances from her home to two different hospitals to get prescription drugs for her son. Neither hospital was aware of the other.

35-year-old Rachel Kinsella, following a months-long investigation, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after she took her son to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, roughly 220 miles southeast of her home in Meadville, and then took him to Children’s Mercy of Kansas City, roughly 100 miles southwest of her home.

The condition the boy was being treated for is unclear and the medications provided haven’t been disclosed, but each time she’d bring her young son back to the hospitals in question, he was seriously ill. While there, he’d improve, only to worsen when he’d get back home.


All of it occurring between March of 2014 and February of 2015, doctors at St. Louis’ Children’s Hospital determined that the his symptoms were due to medications he shouldn’t have even received. This is what led to her being investigated, according to St. Louis County police investigator Kenneth Skala.

Ms Kinsella told authorities that she “accidentally” gave him the wrong medication on one occasion, but experts said the type and amount of drugs found in the his system show he was intentionally poisoned.

He’s been in his grandparents’ care since the investigation started.

She’s being held on a $50,000 bond and has been ordered to have no contact with her son until further notice.


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