Police: 13-year-old boy put rat poison in parents’ drinks

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SEYMOUR, Ind.- A 13-year-old boy is facing serious charges after authorities say he spiked his parents' drinks with rat poison.

The strange incident happened Monday evening on Brown Street in Seymour. According to investigators, the teen was unhappy after being punished by his parents. Police say the child took a block of rat poison and shaved pieces off, then put those pieces into drinks he knew his parents would consume.

"It's the first one that I recall a juvenile trying to poison his parents, in my career here," said Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott.

The parents became suspicious after the drinks had a bad aftertaste. They also found chunks of the poison floating in the drinks, which police said were sports and soft drinks. Police were called but the mother and father had already consumed some of the poison.

Their son was arrested and the parents were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

"There has to be some discipline in a family, you can't just let the kids run rampant," said Abbott, "and for this kid to go to that extreme measure of trying to poison his parents to make them ill or for whatever reason, there's other ways of handling things."

Chief Abbott says despite this incident, kids need to remember that parents are the ones in charge.

"The children have to also understand that your parents are there to be your parents and not necessarily your friend all the time," said Abbott.

The boy is currently facing two charges of aggravated assault, and is not being identified due to his age.

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