N.J. mom charged with trying to kill her 3 children

    Prosecutors say the southern New Jersey woman accused of trying to drown her three teenage children in the Delaware River could soon be in court.

    A Thursday court appearance for 49-year-old Jean Smith in Mount Holly is possible. She’s held on $600,000 bail, charged with attempted murder.

    Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi says the Florence Township resident drove onto a boat ramp and into the water around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    A bystander helped Smith and the three children, who are aged 15, 14 and 13, escape from the partially submerged vehicle. One of the children suffered cuts.

    Smith is being evaluated at a medical facility.

    The two boys and a girl are staying with relatives.

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