Utah authorities on Monday arrested Kouri Richins, a mom of three and the writer of a youngsters’s guide about grief, in her husband’s fentanyl demise.
Prosecutors are accusing Richins, 33, of poisoning her husband Eric Richins, 39, with fentanyl final yr at their residence in Kamas, simply exterior of Park Metropolis, whereas their three younger sons have been sleeping.
“Life is simply so rattling exhausting with out you right here!” Richins just lately captioned a Could 4 video with pictures of her household posted to Fb. “The playing cards I’ve been dealt simply looks like a recreation that may’t be performed.”
Kouri Richins referred to as 911 on the night of March 4, 2022, to report her husband was “chilly to the contact.”
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She instructed authorities on the time that she had served her husband of 9 years a cocktail to have a good time a house sale that night. She left him briefly to examine on considered one of her three sleeping youngsters, and when she returned, she allegedly discovered Eric Richins unresponsive.
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Eric Richins had 5 instances the deadly dosage of fentanyl — an opioid that’s already about 50 to 100 instances stronger than morphon — in his blood, in line with the medical expert.
Kouri Richins can be dealing with prices of possession of GHB, generally generally known as the “date rape drug.”
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Her prices are based mostly on officers’ interactions with Richins and an unnamed acquaintance who apparently instructed Summit County authorities that she bought fentanyl to the mom of three.
Richins’ arrest additionally comes two months after she appeared on TV to advertise her youngsters’s guide about grief, “Are You With Me?”
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An outline for the guide, which sells for $14.99 on Amazon, states that “Are You With Me?” is “a must-read for any little one who has skilled the ache of loss, and for fogeys who wish to present their youngsters with the emotional help they should heal and develop.”
Richins instructed “Good Issues Utah” the guide is about explaining to her youngsters that simply because their father is “not current right here with us bodily,” that “doesn’t suggest his presence is not right here with us.”
On March 19, Richins shared a hyperlink to her guide in a Fb group referred to as “grieving moms,” writing, “I misplaced my husband unexpectedly final yr and we’ve got 3 wonderful younger boys! As I used to be looking for books that will assist consolation them at nights, I actually couldn’t discover something! So I wrote my very own and it simply got here out this week on Amazon.”
An obituary for Eric Richins describes him as an “avid outdoorsman and devoted hunter.” He loved serving to his household’s cattle ranch and rising his “profitable” masonry enterprise. The obituary additionally describes him as a devoted household man.
“Eric did completely all the things in his energy to supply his household with each attainable alternative to study, develop, and have enjoyable,” his household wrote.
The Related Press contributed to this report.