Woman accused of injecting kids with insulin also injected herself, criminal complaint says

CALLOWAY COUNTY, KY — A criminal complaint from Calloway County reveals new details about a woman accused of injecting several young children with insulin, causing dangerously low blood sugar levels that required treatment in the emergency room.

Heather Colson McCutcheon

The alleged abuse happened on April 22. An officer with the Murray Police Department went to the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office with a report that Heather Colson McCutcheon, 36, was possibly abusing the four children at a home on Seth Lane, north of Murray. The kids are between 5 and 10 years old, the complaint says. McCutcheon is the mother to two of them.

The children told deputies McCutcheon was chasing them around the house while holding a syringe full of insulin and managed to inject three of them, the complaint says. The children said when they yelled for help, McCutcheon allegedly kept them from reaching the phone or going outside.

McCutcheon’s brother-in-law told deputies he heard the kids screaming when he returned home. They were then taken to the ER. Hospital staff told deputies the children’s blood sugar levels were as low as 40 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). For context, a blood sugar level of 70 mg/dL or below requires immediate treatment, according to Mayo Clinic.

The sheriff’s office says McCutcheon had fled into the woods before deputies arrived at the home. But, they found her at a nearby residence and arrested her. The complaint says McCutcheon was not cooperative. Deputies later learned that McCutcheon’s blood sugar level was 60 mg/dL, so she was taken to the ER.

The complaint says McCutcheon admitted to taking a very large dose of insulin to kill herself.

After treatment, McCutcheon was taken to jail, where she remained Monday night. She was charged with three counts of second degree wanton endangerment, one count of fourth degree assault (domestic violence), two counts of fourth degree assault, third degree criminal abuse and unlawful imprisonment.

The investigation is ongoing, the sheriff’s office says.

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