An Idaho mother who triggered an Amber Alert last week allegedly told police she was planning to inject bleach into herself and her child to rid themselves of parasites.
Court documents say 41-year-old Brooke A. Helmandollar has been charged with criminal mistreatment of her 10-year-old daughter, Alissa, and may have mental health issues.
Helmandollar pulled her daughter out of school oon March 12, and told a school staff member they would be staying in a hotel because their house was infected with parasites and insects. A school staff member noticed that Helmandollar’s seats were covered with plastic, the Spokesman-Review reports.
Nampa police issued an Amber Alert on March 20, a day after the mother-daughter duo was last seen at a hotel because they were worried about Helmandollar's recent "threatening" behavior, according to Fox News. Authorities reported finding bleach in the hotel they last stayed at.
They were located in Cheney, Washingonton soon after the Amber Alert was issued.
Helmandollar reportedly told officers the bleach found at the hotel was going to be used for cleaning, according to court documents quoted by local outlet KREM. She reportedly believed she and her daughter were also infested with parasites; she was allegedly planning on having them both drink charcoal, receive enemas, and inject bleach to kill said parasites.
When officers initially talked to Helmandollar’s husband, John, he reportedly claimed that their home was experiencing no infestations at the time, KREM reports.
John Helmandollar added that his wife’s possible mental health issues might be exacerbated by the combination of prescription medication she was taking, KREM reports. Authorities also reportedly discovered that Helmandollar tested positive for methamphetamine in Nov. 2018.
However, officers who spoke to John Helmandollar discovered he wasn’t being entirely truthful about his wife and daughter’s whereabouts, as phone records showed he and his wife had been in "constant communication," according to KREM.
John Helmandollar is now being investigated for child endangerment after he didn’t appear to show concern about his daughter’s disappearance, according to Fox News.
Local police are looking through Helmandollar’s cellphone, as well as her Facebook and Snapchat accounts, according to search warrants filed with the Spokane County Courthouse cited by the Idaho Statesman.
The 10-year-old was placed in Child Protective Services custody following her mother's arrest.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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