Missouri mom ‘depressed’ before driving into Kansas River with kids

LAWRENCE, Kan. – 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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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com