Mom Accused of Trying to Kill Daughters Attempts to Flee Courthouse: Sheriff
Jan 27, 2016 12:32PM
● By Shannon Antinori
A Montgomery woman accused of trying to kill her three daughters so they could “meet Jesus” attempted to flee during an appearance at the Kendall County Courthouse on Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s department.
Pamela J. Christensen, 48, is accused of trying to get her three daughters, then ages 12, 16 and 19, to drink poison mixed with dishwashing liquid in September 2014. She’s also accused of stabbing the two younger girls, who suffered minor stab wounds to the chest. None of the girls ingested the liquid, according to court records.
Christensen reportedly told police that on the morning of Sept. 25, 2014, her husband, Vaughn Christensen, called her and told her to prepare the children to “meet Jesus Christ.”
According to WSPY, Vaughn Christensen was charged with violating an order of protection filed by his wife by making the alleged call. According to Kendall County court records, Vaughn Christensen was sentenced this week to supervision and paying fines and/or court fees in the case.
The Kendall County Sheriff’s office said Christensen was in court at around 9:06 a.m. Tuesday when she was able to slip out of her wrist restraints and run towards the courtroom exit.
Christensen was immediately restrained by court security deputies, police said. She attempted to resist the deputies, according to the sheriff’s office, and was eventually escorted to a secure holding area in the courthouse.
Visitors to the courthouse were never in danger, since Christensen was restrained before making contact with any other occupants in the courthouse, Deputy Mike Mrozek said in a press release.
Christensen, who is charged with several counts of attempted first-degree murder, was in court for an unrelated matter during the attempted escape, Mrozek said.
She now also faces charges of felony attempted escape and resisting a peace officer.
She remains in custody at the Kendall County Jail.
Christensen was arrested in October 2014 but released in May 2015 after her bail was reduced from $1 million to $75,000. She wound up back in jail two months later after allegedly violating conditions of her bond, which was posted by her husband, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Montgomery police said Christensen was found walking on a bike path near her home on June 28, which violated the conditions of her GPS monitoring, the Tribune reported. After the alleged violation, her bail was raised to $1.5 million.