Mom pleads guilty to attempting to poison her children

FILE PHOTO Texas joins 18 other states that have passed similar laws restricting access to over-the-counter cough medicines like Nyquil and Robitussin that include the ingredient dextromethorphan. (MGN Photo - Rick Ireton)

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee woman has pleaded guilty to attempting to poison her children with a mixture of NyQuil and antidepressants.

News outlets report Nelsondra Watson pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted adulteration of food or liquid and was sentenced to five years of probation.

A Franklin police report says Watson allegedly tried to kill her two adult children and a minor child by mixing together NyQuil and the antidepressant Lexapro. It says she planned to kill herself after the children died but they woke up.

Watson's children wrote letters to the court stating their mother's actions weren't intentional but were a side effect of her depression medication.

Court records show Watson had previous mental health issues. She has to continue her mental health treatment as part of her probation.