MEDFORD, WI (WTAQ) - A north central Wisconsin woman now claims she was insane when she allegedly tried to kill her four youngest kids, so they wouldn’t feel the pain of her impending divorce.
37-year-old Heidi Mann of Rib Lake waived a preliminary hearing Monday in Taylor County.
She pleaded not guilty, and not guilty by insanity, to four charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
Mann will be examined by a mental health professional to determine if a sanity case has any merit.
Prosecutors said Mann tried to asphyxiate the youngsters by placing them in an SUV for two hours in a closed garage with its engine running. The kids – ages 3, 6, 9, and 12 – all survived and are living with other relatives.
The incident happened in March, but sheriff’s investigators said they were not made aware of it until about a month ago.