North Augusta mother accused of trying to kill self, children


A North Augusta mother is charged with assault with intent to kill after she attempted to kill herself and her two children with exhaust fumes from her car, according to authorities.


A police report says that 29-year-old Melissa Jeanne Sawyers of Dove Avenue taped a garden hose to the exhaust pipe of her car Monday and ran it through the backseat in an attempt to flood the vehicle with exhaust fumes.

Ms. Sawyers drove to 2110 Vireo Drive and told a witness that she and the children were leaving and would be watching over the witness after they were gone, according to the report.

When the witness asked her what she meant by that, Ms. Sawyers opened the back door and showed her the garden hose.

Ms. Sawyers' two children, a girl, 10, and a boy, 7, ran from the vehicle screaming that their mother was trying to kill them.

The children told police that their mother said they were going to go to sleep and wake up in heaven together. They also said Ms. Sawyers had driven the car around for a while before stopping at the incident address.

No medical services were needed for the children or for Ms. Sawyers.

Ms. Sawyers is charged with two counts of assault with intent to kill.


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