Missouri mom 'depressed' before driving into Kansas River with children

August 16, 2018 - 7:48 pm

A Missouri woman who's charged with killing her daughter, 5, and critically injuring her son, 1, by intentionally driving into the Kansas River told authorities she wanted to die and didn't want anyone else to have her children.

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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