Sunday, 5 June 2011

FILICIDE (multiple attempted): Florida: Shirley Jean charged

MIAMI BEACH. Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida mother has been arrested after attempting to kill herself along with her two children.
Miami Beach Police and fire rescue responded to the scene where a car ran off the Julia Tuttle Causeway eastbound into Biscayne Bay, Thursday afternoon. "Her car just started to diagonally just drive into the bay," said Miami Beach Police Officer Deborah Doty.
According to police, a witness traveling eastbound saw 26-year-old Shirley Jean drive off the road and into the bay. "They immediately ran out and rescued them, and they saw her attempting to drown one of her children," said Doty.
The witness told police he saw Jean holding her 7-year-old daughter underwater while her 2-year-old son sat in the car. "She tried to drive into the water, and then a witness said she put her kid and was trying to push her child down into the water, so they had to restrain her, and luckily when the police arrived they got involved as well," said Doty.
A judge ordered Jean to undergo a psychological evaluation and not have contact with her children, during a hearing Friday. She was ordered held on $40,000 bond, charged with two counts of premeditated attempted murder. She was also already on probation for an unrelated charge.
Meanwhile, at a hearing in juvenile court Friday, another judge listened to family members plead their cases in order to keep the children at their home, once shared with the now jailed Jean. The judge ordered the mother to stay out of the home, and her brother, Nervens Lublin, tried to assure the judge they would have her moved out as soon as she is released on bond. "We have her stuff packed," Nervens said, "so whenever she gets out, she has to leave. She's not allowed in the house or around her kids."
"Do you want the kids back?" asked the judge.
"Yes, we need the kids."
The judge ordered background checks for all the family members and will then decide whether the children can stay at the home.

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