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Mother tries to kill herself, 4 kids to spare them from pending divorce

RIB LAKE, WI (WTAQ) - A mother from Taylor County wanted to spare her four youngest kids from being hurt by her pending divorce – so she allegedly tried to asphyxiate them so the five could quote, “be in Heaven” together.

That’s what prosecutors said in a criminal complaint filed yesterday against 37-year-old Heidi Mann of Rib Lake.

Officials said she put the kids in an SUV, and said they were going bowling – but instead, she let the engine run in a closed garage for a couple hours, and the kids survived carbon monoxide poisoning.

Authorities said she tried to carry out plans to kill herself and the youngsters, but Mann was not arrested until late last week because sheriff’s investigators had just learned about the incident.

The oldest child turns 12 today. The others are 8, 6, and 3.

Officials say they’re okay, and are being cared for by other family members.

Mann is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in Medford on Tuesday, on four charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. She’s in jail under a $200,000 cash bond.

She reportedly explained her feelings about the divorce in letters to her two oldest children and her grandmother.