UPDATE: Wis. mom sentenced for kids' asphyxiation attempt

UPDATED Monday, December 23, 2013 --- 1:44 p.m.

MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin woman accused of trying to asphyxiate four of her six children with vehicle exhaust has been sentenced to 25 years in a mental institution.

Heidi S. Mann initially pleaded insanity to four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Online court records say the 37-year-old Rib Lake woman changed her pleas Monday to no contest.

The judge then found Mann not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Mann was accused of putting her four youngest kids in an SUV and letting the engine run in a closed garage for two hours. Prosecutors say she was worried they couldn't handle her divorce.

The children survived without any apparent effects. They were 3, 6 and 9 and 12.

A message left with her defense attorney was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, July 23, 2013 --- 9:44 a.m.

MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin woman accused of trying to kill four of her six children to spare them the pain of her divorce has pleaded insanity.

Thirty-seven-year-old Heidi S. Mann of Rib Lake is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. She's being held on $200,000 bail.

Online court records say she entered two pleas Monday: not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. She'll now be evaluated by a mental-health professional.

She's accused of putting her four youngest kids in an SUV and letting the engine run in a closed garage for two hours. Prosecutors say she was worried they couldn't handle her divorce.

The children survived without any apparent effects. They were 3, 6 and 9 and 12.

Defense attorney Shawn Paul declined to comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, June 25, 2013 --- 3:54 p.m.

MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin judge won't reduce bail for the woman accused of trying to kill four of her six children to spare them the pain of her divorce.

Thirty-seven-year-old Heidi S. Mann of Rib Lake is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. She's being held on $200,000 bail.

Online court records say she asked Tuesday that her bail be lowered. The judge denied the motion but said Mann could renew her request later.

She's accused of putting her four youngest kids in an SUV and letting the engine run in a closed garage for two hours. Prosecutors say she was concerned they couldn't handle her divorce.

The children survived without any apparent effects. They're 3, 6 and 9 and 12.

Defense attorney Shawn Paul declined to comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 --- 7:56 a.m.

MEDFORD, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin woman accused of trying to kill four of her six children to spare them the pain of her divorce is scheduled to make her initial appearance in court.

Thirty-seven-year-old Heidi S. Mann of Rib Lake is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. She's due in Taylor County court Tuesday afternoon.

The criminal complaint quotes Mann as telling investigators she didn't think her four youngest kids would understand about the divorce. She said she wanted the five of them to "be in heaven" together, so she allegedly put them in an SUV and let the engine run in a closed garage for two hours.

The children survived without any apparent effects. They're 3, 6 and 9 and 12.

Defense attorney Shawn Paul declined to comment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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