LAWRENCE, Kansas. – A Missouri woman who is charged with killing her 5-year-old daughter and critically wounding her 1-year-old son by intentionally with the car to the Kansas River told the authorities that she wanted to die, and not want someone else to her children, according to court records.
The probable cause affidavit was released Wednesday in the case against Scharron Renea Dingledine, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Amiyah Bradley, and attempted first-degree murder for injuries to her son, Elijah. It says they told the police they had voluntarily recorded in a psychiatric hospital for a few hours on Aug. 2, one day before they plunged into the river in the centre of Lawrence, approximately 160 miles (260 km) to the west of her hometown of Columbia, Missouri, Lawrence Journal-World reports.
Dingledine went to the psychiatric hospital after a fight with her boyfriend. After her release, the friend agreed to take her to a shelter. Instead, when he stopped at a shop, they drove in his car, with the children inside, she told detectives. She says that she later stole another vehicle in the area of Columbia, and drove to the Kansas City area, where they spent the night in the vehicle. She drove to Lawrence on Aug. 3 and was feeling depressed and worried about the consequences of her actions” on the previous day, according to the affidavit.
The document said that at one point she drove to the river, parked and let the children walk down and put your feet in the water. She said that she then began to think that the river is a good way to kill himself and decided to kill the children “, because they didn’t want anyone else to have them.”
She told detectives that she considered jumping in the river, but eventually accelerated in the river, while the children were unrestrained in the front passenger seat. They said that they knew neither child could swim and “would probably die”, the statement said.
Lawrence police said they received several 911 calls from people who saw a car in the river. The officers were able to rescue Dingledine and Elijah. Amiyah’s body was found the next day.
A judge has granted a defense request for a mental competence evaluation.
Information from: Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com