South St. Paul mom admits to murder-suicide plan


The mother of the 10-year-old boy murdered Monday admits that she and her children planned to commit suicide together. All three took overdoses of an antipsychotic medication, killing Michael Becht.

Patricia Becht was charged today in Dakota County with first-degree murder of her son and attempted murder of her 11-year-old daughter, Erica.

The charges say that Patricia Becht gave her children the antipsychotic Seroquel. She told police during a hospital interview that she gave each of her children 10 of the pills and took 25 herself, according to the criminal complaint.

Judge Robert Carolan ordered tests to determine whether the woman is mentally fit to stand trial, according to the Star Tribune. A teenage daughter was left out of the murder-suicide plot, and Becht had left a note for her explaining the crime.

According to the complaint, Becht had talked to her children about going to heaven, which, she told them, was like Michael Jackson's home, Neverland.

The 11-year-old, Erica Becht, is expected to survive.