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Children's Book Author About Grief Charged With Killing Husband

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After her husband died last year, she wrote a children’s book on grief. Now she’s charged with his murder.

On Monday, Utah authorities arrested Kouri Richins, a mother of three, for her husband's fentanyl death. Prosecutors are accusing Kouri of poisoning her husband, Eric Richins, with fentanyl last year at their home outside Park City, Utah, while their three young sons were sleeping.

Kouri called the police late one night in March 2022 and said her husband, Eric Richins, was "cold to the touch." She told authorities she had made her husband a mixed vodka drink before finding him unresponsive hours later. A medical examiner later found five times the lethal dosage of fentanyl in his system.

She is charged with first-degree aggravated murder and three counts of second-degree possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, officials said. 

According to the court documents, police obtained a search warrant for Kouri’s phone and computers. They found multiple communications between her and an “unnamed acquaintance" who claims to have sold her the fentanyl.

The charges come two months after Ms. Richins wrote a picture book, Are You With Me? to help children cope with the death of a loved one. The dedication section of the book reads: "Dedicated to my amazing husband and a wonderful father." [Read More]

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