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Woman due in court for allegedly trying to kill 4 children

MEDFORD, WI (WTAQ) - A Taylor County woman is due in court Tuesday afternoon for allegedly trying to kill four of her six kids.

37-year-old Heidi Mann of Rib Lake has an initial court appearance scheduled, after she was charged last week with 4 counts of attempted homicide.

Prosecutors said Mann wanted to spare the kids from being hurt by her pending divorce, so she allegedly tried to asphyxiate them so they could join her in Heaven.

Authorities said she placed the youngsters in an SUV with its engine running for two hours in a closed garage.

The kids – ages 3, 6, 9, and 12 – all survived. Officials say they’re all okay and living with other relatives.

The incident happened in March, but sheriff’s investigators said they were not made aware of it until earlier this month.