By Claire Z. Cardona Dallas Morning News
The Frisco mother who was found dead last month in her SUV with her three children alive by her side killed herself, officials said Thursday.
Christine Thi Woo’s cause of death was suicide through overdose, the Collin County medical examiner determined.
But Lauren Woo, 5, Nathan Woo, 3, and Leah Woo, 1, were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and had reportedly been suffering from rashes and dehydration, police said.
Woo, 39, was found in her 2011 Honda Pilot in the lot of a McKinney SuperTarget on March 31, three days after she was last seen by her husband.
Brandon Woo called police to report his family missing March 29, the day after they disappeared. Woo later said he did not immediately call police because he erroneously believed he had to wait 24 hours to file a missing-person report.
That Monday morning, Christine Woo visited a Walgreens near her home and was seen three hours later at a McDonald’s with her children.
Woo purchased sleeping pills at the drugstore, KTVT-TV (Channel 11) reported, but officials did not say what Woo overdosed on.
Because Child Protective Services is involved in the case, Frisco police said they would release no further details.
CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said the children are not in foster care, but she could not provide additional details about the agency’s involvement.
The Woo family moved to Frisco from San Antonio last year. They spent their Saturdays at a children’s music school in Frisco, accompanying their children to lessons.
But recently the family’s attendance at 7 Notes had trailed off, asking to “take a break” or skipping lessons altogether, said Chardé Carbonell, the executive assistant to the school’s director.
“She seemed overwhelmed,” Carbonell had said.
Suicide Warning Signs
Experts at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention say there is no one single cause of suicide, as it stems from a complex mental health issue. However, depression is the most common condition associated with suicide. Loved ones should be aware of these warning signs:
- How they talk: A person may talk about about suicide or having no reason to live. They can describe feelings of being trapped or like a burden to others.
- Behavior: Look for an increase in drug or alcohol use, whether the person is researching ways to kill himself, acting reckless, withdrawing and isolating himself, sleeping too much or too little or giving away possessions.
- Mood: A person considering suicide often displays one or more of the following moods: depression, loss of interest, rage, irritability, humiliation or anxiety.
Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
More information can be found at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which operates a 24/7 hotline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).
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