- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

SWOYERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A defense attorney for a Pennsylvania woman who allegedly tried to kill herself and her two young children by piping vehicle exhaust into her car says she needs mental health treatment.

The Citizens’ Voice reports (https://bit.ly/1WvJfbf ) a district judge refused to lower 32-year-old Melissa Ann Scholl’s $500,000 bail so she could get out of jail and seek treatment.

But her attorney, Lawrence Kansky, says he’ll be allowed to address her mental status at a preliminary hearing March 15. At that time, a judge may choose to move Scholl from the Luzerne County jail to a mental health facility.

Police say the Wilkes-Barre woman drove to a parking lot and ran a hose from her exhaust pipe into her car in December. A man spotted the hose, pulled it from the car and called police.

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Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, https://www.citizensvoice.com


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