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Saturday, April 16, 2011

NY DA: No charges in fatal plunge of mom, 3 kids


Pastor Herman Hubbard of Living in Jesus Ministry, right, prays during a vigil at the boat ramp where Lashanda Armstrong drove her minivan into the Hudson River.

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – A district attorney says there will likely be no charges filed after a distraught mother drove her minivan into New York's Hudson River, killing herself and three of her four children.
Natasha Colon, left, and Nicole Callahan, both of Newburgh, N.Y., visit a memorial at the boat ramp .
Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips said Friday that no one but Lashanda Armstrong is responsible for the deaths. She drove into the river Tuesday night in Newburgh, 60 miles north of New York City.
Armstrong died, along with 5-year-old Landen Pierre, 2-year-old Lance Pierre and 11-month-old Laianna Pierre. Ten-year-old La'Shaun Armstrong escaped the sinking van and survived.
Jean Pierre, the father of the three dead children, had been questioned Tuesday. He was charged in February with endangering the welfare of a child when one of the children was found wandering the streets half-dressed. - AP

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