Columbia mom 'depressed' before driving into Kansas River with kids

Posted on 16 August 2018 at 9:38am
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri woman who's charged with killing her 5-year-old daughter and critically injuring her 1-year-old son by intentionally driving into the Kansas River told authorities she wanted to die and didn't want anyone else to have her children.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the affidavit released Wednesday says Scharron Renea Dingledine of Columbia, Missouri, told police she'd been voluntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital for several hours on Aug. 2, one day before plunging into the river near downtown Lawrence.

After being released, her boyfriend agreed to take her to a shelter. She said that when he stopped at a store, she drove off in his car, with the children inside. She says she later stole another vehicle and was "feeling depressed and worried about the consequences of her actions."

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KOMU 8 News has been following this story, here is The Associated Press's first article on the initial report

Here is our article on the father of the daughter who was killed, speaking out.