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Wednesday
Apr132011

Police Say Mother Drove into New York River, Drowning Herself and Three Children

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEWBURGH, N.Y.) -- A New York mother drove her minivan into the Hudson River Tuesday night, drowning herself and three of her children on board, according to police.

Authorities said the mother drove the vehicle off a dock in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City.  When rescue teams later recovered the van from the river, all the victims -- the mother, her two sons, ages 5 and 2, and her 11-month-old daughter -- were found dead inside.  Their names have not yet been released.

According to the Times Herald-Record, Newburgh officials were alerted to the incident by a 10-year-old boy, who they believe was the woman's fourth child and let out of the vehicle before it submerged.  The newspaper says the boy appeared at a nearby fire station and told firefighters what had happened.

Earlier, police had responded to a report of a domestic dispute.  They believe it may be linked to the incident, the newspaper reported.

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