Mom Who Drove Her Kids Into River Pleads Guilty To Killing Her 5-Year-Old Daughter

The girl's father, Clinton Bradley, said that he wished, in hindsight, that he had taken “some kind of action to get custody” of his daughter.

December 20, 2018

Scharron Dingledine [Douglas County Sheriff's Office]

Scharron Dingledine [Douglas County Sheriff's Office]

By: Catherine Townsend

LAWRENCE, KS — A Missouri mom who drove her car into the Kansas River and killed her five-year-old daughter has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the girl’s death, according to People.

Scharron Renea Dingledine, 26, faces a sentence of life in prison for murdering her daughter Amiyah Bradley last August.

Dingledine also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of her one-year-old son, who was inside the car with his sister when Dingledine drove the vehicle into the Kansas River on August 3.

She had stolen her boyfriend's vehicle while he was in a store and driven away with the children, according to KCTV 5. She then reportedly stole a different vehicle, which she used to drive into the river with the children inside.

Emergency personnel who responded to the scene at around 1:15 P.M. were able to rescue Dingledine and her son. The boy was critically injured, but survived.

They were told that there was a third person in the car, but were reportedly unable to locate the other victim.

According to prosecutors, Dingledine could serve 147 to 165 months in prison for both crimes. She is due in court to be sentenced on January 22.

The girl's father, Clinton Bradley, told the Lawrence Journal-World that Dingledine suffered from depression, and said that he had not seen his daughter for around 18 months prior to the incident.

Bradley has also revealed that Dingledine had just been released from a 24-hour hold in a mental institution before the tragic incident.

He told the newspaper that he wished, in hindsight, that he had taken “some kind of action to get custody” of his daughter.

Read more: KansasCity.com, People

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