A Montgomery, Illinois, woman who attempted to kill her three daughters told police that she wanted them to “meet Jesus Christ,” after receiving messages from her estranged pastor husband telling her the world was coming to an end, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Police arrived at the door of Pamela J. Christensen, 47, on Sept. 25 following two 911 hang-up calls to discover the woman covered in blood.
According to court documents, Christensen dropped to her knees and confessed that she had tried to kill her daughters.
The three girls, ages 12, 16 and 19, told police that their mother had dressed them all in white and had held a knife to them, asking them if they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.
Two of the girls were stabbed, suffering minor injuries. Christensen had also stabbed herself in the chest and abdomen and was treated at a local hospital.
According to police, Christensen had initially tried to poison her daughters with a concoction made up of household cleaners in the hope that they would doze off and she could stab them in their sleep. The daughters reportedly refused to drink the poison.
According to the police report, Christensen told officers she that she was sending the girls home to “meet Jesus Christ,” following messages left on her phone from her husband, Vaughn Christensen, stating that the world was ending and that she needed to prepare the family to meet Jesus.
Vaughn Christensen is a former pastor at a Sugar Grove church.
A month prior to the stabbings, Christensen had served her husband with a restraining order, stating that the two were going through a divorce, and that her husband had become increasingly violent towards her and the children.
The order, filed on Aug. 29, stated Vaughn Christensen had become “increasingly erratic” and that he had threatened to harm himself and the children. He mentioned wanting to die on several occasions, Christensen wrote.
Police confirmed they had been responded to the home several times over suicide threats.
Christensen now faces three counts each of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful restraint
Her bail was set at $1 million on Thursday and she is expected back in court on Oct. 16.