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No lower bail for mom accused of attempted murder

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MEDFORD (WAOW) - A Taylor County judge on Monday again refused to modify the bail for a Rib Lake mother accused of trying to kill herself and four of her children because the family was breaking up in a divorce.

Heidi Mann, 37, was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree homicide of children ranging in age from three to 11. The incident took place at her home March 8, the criminal complaint said. She has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

According to online court records, Mann has been jailed on $200,000 cash bond since her arrest in June.

Circuit Judge Ann Knox-Bauer refused a defense request to modify the bail Monday, the records said. The judge also refused a similar request in July.

According to the complaint, Mann told investigators she loaded the children into a sports utility vehicle parked in a garage and planned on poisoning them and herself by starting the vehicle and filling the garage with carbon monoxide.

"Heidi made the comment that she just wanted to die and be in heaven with her four youngest children," the complaint said.

Mann told investigators that she felt that she had no "good options" in what she could do regarding the children and the divorce, the complaint said.

Police became aware of the incident in the garage from a report from a psychiatric facility associated with St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Appleton, the complaint said. Doctors there learned of the incident June 7.

The maximum punishment for each attempted homicide count is 60 years in prison.

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