NY Mom Drowns Self, 3 Kids After Domestic Fight

Police say 4th child released before woman drove into Hudson River
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2011 5:45 AM CDT
NY Mom Drowns Self, 3 Kids After Domestic Fight
The Newburgh-Beacon bridge spans the Hudson near where the tragedy occurred.   (Shutterstock)

The bodies of a New York woman and her three young children were pulled from the Hudson River last night after what police believe was a murder-suicide sparked by a domestic dispute. The mother drove her minivan and the children—two boys, ages 5 and 2, and an 11-month-old girl—into the river after apparently letting a fourth child, a 10-year-old boy, out of the vehicle, police say. (Updated: The boy escaped through a window.)

Police were already on the way to the woman's apartment after having received a call regarding a domestic altercation 10 minutes earlier, reports AP. Divers spent an hour searching for the vehicle before finding it submerged in 10 feet of water. "It's a horrible sight, all of them in the car," the city of Newburgh's chief of police told the Times Herald-Record. (Read more New York state stories.)

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