Chief: Domestic Dispute Earlier May Have Led To Tragedy

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A woman who had just been involved in a domestic dispute loaded her four children into a minivan Tuesday night before letting one out and driving the rest of them into the Hudson River, firefighters said. The woman and three young children, ages 5, 2 and 11 months, were killed.

The 10-year-old boy who had been let out of the minivan ran to a nearby fire station and alerted firefighters, Chief Michael Vatter said. The boy told firefighters his mother had driven off a boat ramp in Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City, and into the murky water of the river, which runs between New York and New Jersey, Vatter said.

Firefighters and police officers responded with boats. Divers searched for the minivan for about an hour before finding it submerged in 10 feet of water about 25 yards offshore. They used a heavy-duty tow truck to pull it up the boat ramp and onto land.

Everyone inside was dead, Vatter said.

The woman lived about six blocks from where she and her children perished, he said.

The domestic altercation occurred about 10 minutes before the woman drove into the river, said Vatter, who didn’t have any more information on it.

Please stay with throughout the day on Wednesday for more on this developing story.

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Comments (56)
  1. Nola says:

    As a close friend of the family: Ms. Lashanda, had a very hard time letting go of her ex-boyfriend whom is the father of 2 or possibly 3 of her children. The young man have decided to go on his separate way and move on with his life without Ms. Lashanda. He is a good father to all of the children even the one that are not his biological children. He has never physically or emotionally abused Ms. Lashanda in anyway. Ms. Lashanda was very upset when she found out that her ex-boyfriend was seeing someone and this relationship was getting serious. Ms. Lashanda knew the only way she could hurt him, is to take the life of the children, because she knows how much he loves and cares for them. Even though they were not together, he was a very active father and was very present in the life of the children. Ms. Lashanda is a murderer, she is coward for taking her own life instead of facing the charges she could have face, please remember what she did is unforgettable and irrational. She plan the death of the kids for a long time, she posted stuffs on facebook, she is an evil person and she had made it cleared that no one will have her ex-boyfriend if she can’t have him…

  2. Sad Dad says:

    I’m a male going through a nasty bitter Divorce, IIf anyone knows the least bit about Divorce and the System we have in place here in the United States Ithen you would know it is the Judicial system making parents fight for custody that cause all the problems, From what I have read here and what I have experienced My own soon to be Ex uses the children against me. he got caught on a police video screaming out of control “you will never see the kids again” I told a Judge asked her did you say that? She answered “yes I was angry” nothing happened to her. Now me I was in total shock and filled with fear at what she just said I was afraid for our children I just didn’t know what she meant by that comment, What was she going to do to the kids. Well it is stories like this that show me the Mom was the Batterer as in my case. Its the sad truth just look at how many people are trying too blame the Dad he wasn’t even around. Some woman are just pure evil I am sorry and they hurt the children with out a care. Parental alienation is real and most of the time done by a vindictive MOM. I will pray for all parties in this case. Its sad. I guess this llady meant it when she told others “I never want him to see the kids again”

  3. False says:

    this story has false info. the 10 year old WAS NOT LET OUT he escaped through the drivers window and swam to sore then he waved down cars. one woman was kind enough to stop and she took him the fire station. if you want to read the TRUE story go to this link:

  4. protectchildren says:

    What are you all talking about? You guys should be talking about 10 year old and way to help him. You all should be thinking about that horrific scene when all 3 kids were gasping for air. It is so sad and emotional. Poor kids. Think about 5 year child that was able to understand what her mom was doing and 2 year old kid that was probably holding on to her mom and little 11 month old baby. You guys are making this whole situation into some stupid event. Who cares if mom was mentally sick or not? She had no right to kill every one.

  5. tellmemore says:

    The comments forum is quite frankly, scarier and more surreal than the bloody news.

  6. Julius May says:

    So sad.

    1. Joleen Nicole Price says:

      you all are missing the bigger picture here, she was a domestic violence victim, she did in fact reach out to get help to keep her abuser away from her and kids, the system failed her, this woman was bullied, tortured emotionally by her abuser and felt that since the police couldn’t protect her or her kids this was her option, until you walk in a domestic violence victim do not judge or call them crazy or unfit. there are numerous accounts saying she was a great mom


    Look at the big picture here. Macroeconomics mandate sociopathological spikes during difficult financial times. During the 30’s depression, people leaped to their deaths out of windows, and yes, financial reasons are most likely the root of this particular, and similar present day tragedies.

    If you really want to blame anybody for this horrific condition, you might want to start with The Federal Reserve Bank, which is not Federal, and has no reserves.

    Bernanke and the globalist henchmen that surround him are the reason that there are no jobs, that the dollar is worthless, that, in general, we are being forced into a depression that the likes of, have never been seen here in America, and that the do not, repeat DONOT, want us to recover from. Do your research: for starters.

    1. jackson9544 says:

      ron who your off topic aint got nothing to do with this lady and her kids vote for the crook he wont get voted in i promise you american ppl will not allow it to happen

      1. NOT OFF TOPIC says:



  8. hathatforshore says:

    so maybe welfare needs to come to your hous to take your kids your unfit to be a parent

  9. Bell Toller says:

    The 10 yr old should have tried to open the doors for his sibling but who knows if he couldve have

    1. hathatforshore says:

      these type of things happen so fast probably didnt even have time but im wondering why the media doesnt get it right 1st they say he slide out through a window and swim to shore and then they turn around and said she let him out either way still so very sad but why dont they get it right if your gona report the story

  10. Mia says:

    Parents are becoming more and more violent. Poor kid, only survivor hell need lost of therapy.

  11. P.Clark Got God On My Side says:

    U can’t blame her i think u should seek some kind of help before its to late for u and yours nobody i mean nobody has the right to take a life god giveth and he is the one who shall taketh, tht woman could of seek some help she could of gotten out of her abusesive relationship jut like she walked away and put herself and them kids in tht van she could of left and gotsome help she let the10 year old out se could of let them all out she wanted to kill herself ths on her but why the kids they never asked to be here but whom and i to judge god has the last say and she will have to meet him and answer to him when judgemet day comes its so sad i have grandkids and if one of my kids were even thinking tht stupid god knows i would take the kids myself may god be wth those little precious kids and may god help th 10 year old they are in my prayers so sad what is te world coming to once again i hope u get help i’ll be prayingfor you.

  12. Dul says:

    Me,surely you are a sadist.

  13. JAK says:

    Oh NO!!!!!!!!!!!! We all need to preach Christ the more, so that things like this dosen’t contiune to happen. Jesus Christ is the only answer to suicide. Cast on HIM all your troubles, He will see you through.

    1. Pray Dilligently says:

      Amen. Christ Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

  14. Moral Truth says:

    This is very sad to read.

    Condolences to the family and thats the moral truth.

  15. shocked doc says:

    well, someone who makes a pathological comment such as yours requires help the depths of which are only reached by Thorazine, Lithium, TCAs and hospitalization.

  16. MKO says:

    I can understand its probably done on impulse when a man shoots himself but driving purposely towards certain death for enough time during which you can have a rethink beats me.

  17. yolanda says:

    can’t help wondering what was going thru the chilgren’s minds as the car hit the’s soooo painful..

  18. Jersey Boy says:

    You were thinking that your kids have the right to live???? I’m sorry but you should turn your kids over to family services and get some help.

  19. demilade says:

    very sad. poor kids.

  20. Jersey Boy says:

    You’re next….

  21. mm says:

    mental case…normal people don’t do this….she should have killed the husband!

  22. shelly marsh says:

    sad very sad .i feel so sorry for the 10 yrs old.she could have taken a cool off drive .but god know what transpire there .how will the other party live with himself

  23. josh says:

    There is no plausible reason for a parent to harm their own children as a father I literally can not fathom the thought of harming my babies. All those babies had in their hearts was the love they had for their mother. For her to use that, to look them in their eyes and place them in their car seats knowing what she planned to do makes me sick and it is too bad that this woman can not be punished further. I am not religious but if there is a heaven i hope that these babies are in it, with no memory of a tragic life they likely endured.

    1. bree says:

      You are exactly right Josh.
      I’m in deep sadness reading and thinking about this tragic life that happened.

  24. chez says:

    Can’t blame that woman? Are you kidding me. she was very selfish, I feel bad for her, but to drive innocent kids into the Hudson? wake up, leave your partner and get on with your life and leave thekids out of it.

    1. melnel says:

      all of you are thinking rational to an irrational situation. we all can say what we would or would not know but unless we are in that situation we should just pray for that family bc I cannot see a sane person doing this.

  25. debbie says:

    This is absolutely unforgiveable.
    I will never be able to understand why these people don’t just kill themselves, without harming their children?
    What did these poor innocent babies do to deserve this horrible fate?
    And the poor boy that survived – how will he live, knowing that his family is dead, and that his own mother killed his siblings?
    Just incomprehensible.

  26. jody says:

    that’s sad

  27. john says:

    America, it is time to repent and turn to the Saviour, Jesus christ. The last days of the Bible are here

    1. Pray Dilligently says:

      Amen. Christ Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life.

  28. Greta says:

    Clearly something pushed this woman over the edge. An abusive husband? Untreated mental illness? It’s sad that so many people have no one to turn to in their lives and act out of desperation. We as a society need to reach out to people in trouble and stop judging them.

  29. gina j. duero says:

    OMG! pray for the souls of 3 angels…. let there souls be peace….

  30. VIVIAN says:

    this is pure nonsense, as tragic as it can be, no matter what, nothing in this world should make us take away our life, it may not have causes us anything but it caused JESUS HIS life, sorry to say, but this is the truth, that woman has gone to hell already. so be careful no matter how depressed anyone can be, remember JESUS is always there. HE says “come to me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and i will give you rest” JESUS LOVES US.

    1. Ammad says:

      This is very sorry to hear, but is happening everywhere in 70% families specially in America and Canada. I blame this family lawyers and courts and family who put unnecessary financial pressure for their sole benefit and destroy tons of lives everyday.

    2. Debby says:

      HI Vivian, I can understand your emotion but I believe something different when it comes to hell. First of all the word “hell” is used 54 times in the Bible. It is translated from several different words with various meanings, as in the Old Testament,31 times from the Hebrew “Sheol,” which means “the grave”. In the New Testament: 10 times from the Greek “Hades,” which means “the grave”. 12 times from the Greek “Gehenna,” which means “a place of burning”. 1 time from the Greek “Tartarus,” which means “a place of darkness”. So a good understanding would help us all.

      Second, we cannot deny that some passages in the Bible plainly state that hellfire will burn “for ever” (Revelation 14:11; 20:10). But logic alone tells us that if hell burns forever “on the breadth of the earth,” it would be impossible for God to create a new earth. And if God kept sinners alive to endure an eternal burning, He would fail in His mission to rid the world of sin. Instead, He would perpetuate it. In Scripture, “for ever” is often used in conjunction with an event that has already taken place. For instance, Hannah pledged to God that she would take her infant son Samuel to serve in the temple at Shiloh, where he would abide “for ever” (1 Samuel 1:22). No student of the Bible would take this to mean that he would remain in that temple for as long as time should last. Hannah herself interpreted the statement as meaning that Samuel would serve in the temple for “as long as he liveth” (verse 28).More than 50 times the Bible uses “for ever” to mean “for as long as time lasts in that specific case.” The term is used colloquially today to describe a downpour or a hot summer’s afternoon (or a sermon!) that “went on forever.” Also, the bible tells us that “the wages of sin is” not eternal life in hellfire, but “death” (Romans 6:23), “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4).

      Also the bible teaches that when a person dies the body goes to dust again and the spirit goes back to God who gave it in the first place. “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7. So if one dies one goes into the grave and raise to eternal life on resurrection day(if you believe In Christ as your saviour ofcourse). All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth.” John 5:28, 29. “David … is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.” “For David is not ascended into the heavens.” Acts 2:29, 34. “If I wait, the grave is mine house.” Job 17:13.
      Let us just pray that we will never be tempted to do the same and that God will keep us safe.

    3. Pray Diligently says:

      AMEN. Christ Jesus is the only way, truth and the life.

  31. IamMe says:

    oh .. I thought the USA men treat their women equally and lovingly, and the women are more loving??? cough ouch ouch ouch …. hmmmmm

    1. Jersey Boy says:

      We don’t know who these people are, yet. I think it would be wise for you to reserve judgement. Wherever you’re from, you should consider going back.

  32. Feliz says:

    No matter what was happening in the home NOTHING justifies this woman’s actions NOTHING. THose poor children depended on her to take care of them but she in turn abused the power she had and took them down with her, terrible tragic story I hesitate to say may God have mercy on her because obviously she could not have believed in him. So sad

  33. Justice says:

    Your sick are you sure your not like the daddy your thinking of . When people think like you do it’s that your that way get a real life idiot.

  34. Jack Melford says:

    Never marry an American woman.

    1. Jack says:

      Wish you could have told me that 23 years ago. But you are exactly right. They are such miserable souls no matter what you do for them.

    2. Dul says:

      And why not,Jack?

    3. cindi says:

      Never marry an American man.

  35. Jean says:

    I pray for their souls and especially that little boy who will have to live with the memory for the rest of his life. Tragic.

  36. Giovanna Rivera says:

    this is truly sad my heart and prayers go out to that family who had to loose these babies

  37. lisa says:

    talk about a complete PSYCHO!!!

  38. zaman t k says:

    How compelled she was…! that she her life alonwith her children…?
    There’s a reason, always and its very common the husbands cheat on their wives
    in US or make their life miserable. If. someone calls it ‘sick or deranged’ act …!
    I Don’t……
    Coz’ this poor lady came to the point where she decided to end the whole matter
    with her innocent children.
    There’re so many demerits in the system.
    But, US Govt. does nothing instead poking their noses in other country’s matters..!
    May GOD forgive her and rest their souls in peace..Amin

    1. angela says:

      I soooo agree with you…. wish this world had more people who thought like you, instead of all these JUDGEMENTAL ignore’s that have posted negative about this story…. May they rest in Peace An you never know what or how a person mind can think, jus pray that it dont have to the negative people… this is bigger then us…. if you dont believe in GOD or the Devil… then open your eyes… it’s all around you!

  39. bill says:

    unbelievably sick.

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