Woman arrested for attempting to kill a 14-year-old and herself in Benzie Co.
Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:05:03 GMT —
State Police said a 45-year-old woman attempted to kill herself and a 14-year-old family member in Blaine Township Tuesday.
Police said the woman placed two burning, portable charcoal grills inside a car with the doors and windows closed with both the teen girl and herself in the car.
Both were found unconscious by deputies from the Benzie County Sheriff's Department around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
They were taken to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City as both were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. They were later taken to Grand Rapids for further treatment.
The woman has regained consciousness and has been arrested for attempted murder, but remains in the hospital for treatment. Police say she is expected to make a full recovery. At this time the Benzie County Prosecutor's Office has not formally filed charges. The State Police are still investigating, and the Prosecuting Attorney, Sara Swanson, said they need to wait for all of the information and review the police report. The Prosecutor's Office does not expect the case to take very long to investigate.
The 14-year-old victim remains hospitalized in Grand Rapids. She is expected to live, but may suffer permanent brain damage as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Swanson said as in all cases like this, they hope the young girl makes a full recovery and that justice is found. Child Protective Services may get involved.
State Police said the motive for the crime is not yet clear. The case remains under investigation.