Woman pleads guilty to killing daughter, trying to kill son by driving into Kansas River

LAWRENCE, Kan. — A 26-year-old Missouri woman accused of driving into the Kansas River pleaded guilty in her daughter's drowning on Monday.

A Douglas County courts spokeswoman tells FOX4 that Scharron Dingledine, of Columbia, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended first-degree murder charge and attempted first-degree murder.

Scharron Renea Dingledine

Her murder charge carries a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. The attempted murder charge carries a sentence between 12 and 14 years. She'll learn her fate on January 22.

Prosecutors accused Dingledine of driving into the river near downtown Lawrence on Aug. 3 in an effort to kill her children and herself.

Rescuers pulled Dingledine and her 1-year-old son from the water soon but were not able to save her 5-year-old daughter, Amiyah Bradley. The child's body was recovered from the river the next day.

Dingledine was found competent in August to stand trial.

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