March 14. 2011 Mike Martindale / The Detroit News
Waterford Township— A 911 emergency recording released today by the Waterford Township Police reveals a teenage girl calmly reporting details of the Feb. 28 incident in which her mother killed herself and tried to kill her four children with carbon monoxide fumes.
"Our mom is passed out in the garage," a girl's voice can be heard telling the 911 operator. "..And she's cold and she can't move or nothing."
Township Police Chief Dan McCaw told reporters earlier this month how Shanda Lou Yenglin, 37, tried to make her children — aged 10 to 14 — cold by turning down her home's thermostat.
She then served them milkshakes laced with painkillers and sleeping pills and directed them into a van inside the home's closed garage.
But one of the children, a 13-year-old girl, awoke shivering during the night and went back in the house for a blanket, police said.
When she returned to the van, she found her mother lying on the garage floor. The girl woke up a 14-year-old sister who had earlier returned to a bedroom, and then called 911 shortly after 8 a.m.
Once connected, she told the dispatcher she had found her mom unconscious on the floor of the garage at the home
A male dispatcher asks: "Is she breathing?"
The girl answers: "I can't tell."
Chief McCaw said the girls, while conscious, were in rough shape, and the two boys were worse.
"When we got there, the girls were walking around the house, dazed," said McCaw. "I don't know if it was because of the shock of what happened, the carbon monoxide fumes or the drugs. But they definitely were not in good shape."
All four survived. The girls are in a foster home and the boys are in a state facility, McCaw said.