Dad Sues for $80M in Drowning of 3 Kids

He blames city, county for ex-girlfriend's suicide drive into Hudson
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2011 2:46 PM CDT
Hudson River Drowning, Suicide: Jean Pierre Seeks $80 Million in Damages from Newburgh, Orange County
The area is seen where Lashanda Armstrong, 25, drove the vehicle off a boat ramp into the freezing Hudson River, April 13, 2011 in Newburgh, New York.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The sad story of a New York mother who committed suicide by driving into the Hudson River in April, drowning three of her four young children, now has a hefty lawsuit attached. The kids' biological father is suing the city of Newburgh and Orange County for a total of $80 million, the Times Herald-Record reports. Jean Pierre alleges that the city boat ramp where the incident took place is too dangerous and that county officials should have been keeping a closer watch on his estranged girlfriend and the children.

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He noted that their 2-year-old was found walking alone outside in February only partially dressed. It was Pierre, however, who was arrested for leaving the child alone when he went to a gas station that night. "Someone should file a claim against him," the aunt of the children's mother, LaShanda Armstrong, tells the newspaper. "Are you kidding me?" (Read more Hudson River stories.)

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