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Mother pleads insanity for trying to kill children

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MEDFORD, Wis. (WSAU) - The Rib Lake woman accused of trying to kill four of her children has pled not guilty by reason of insanity. 

37-year-old Heidi Mann is facing four counts of attempted first-degree homicide after allegedly trying to asphyxiate them in their garage.

Mann is accused of placing her 3, 5, 9, and 12-year-old children in the family’s sport utility vehicle and running the engine for a couple of hours to spare them the pain of their parent’s upcoming divorce. The children all lived, and were not adversely affected by the fumes.

Taylor County Judge Ann Knox-Bauer ordered a mental competency evaluation for Mann yesterday. The two sides have to agree on who performs that examination within ten days.

Mann remains in jail, unable to come up with a $200,000 cash bond.

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