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UPDATE: Judge refuses to lower bail for Rib Lake mother

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MEDFORD (WAOW) - A judge on Tuesday refused to reduce the bail for a Rib Lake woman accused of trying to kill herself and four of her children by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Heidi S. Mann, 37, made her initial appearance in Taylor County Circuit Court on four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

During a 10-minute hearing, a judge denied a request to reduce Mann's bail from $200,000 to $5,000.

Mann's attorney told the Taylor County judge her client is asking for help and plans to apply to enter a treatment program in central Wisconsin.

The judge agreed to revisit the issue if Mann was accepted into a treatment facility.

According to the criminal complaint, Mann told investigators she tried to kill herself and her four youngest children in March because of a pending divorce and she didn't think they would understand it.

She said she wanted the five of them to "be in heaven" together so she put them in an SUV and let the engine run in a closed garage for two hours, the complaint said.

The children survived without any apparent effects.

Mann's attorney and the prosecutor declined comment Tuesday after the hearing.

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A central Wisconsin woman accused of trying to kill four of her six children to spare them the pain of her divorce is scheduled to make her initial appearance in court.

Thirty-seven-year-old Heidi S. Mann of Rib Lake is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

She's due in Taylor County court Tuesday afternoon.

The criminal complaint quotes Mann as telling investigators she didn't think her four youngest kids would understand about the divorce.

She said she wanted the five of them to "be in heaven" together, so she allegedly put them in an SUV and let the engine run in a closed garage for two hours.

The children survived without any apparent effects.

They're 3, 6 and 9 and 12.

Defense attorney Shawn Paul declined to comment.

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