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'Tentative agreement' for mom in attempted killing

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MEDFORD (WAOW) - A Rib Lake mother accused of trying to kill herself and four of her children because the family was breaking up in a divorce has reached a "tentative agreement" to resolve the case, according to Taylor County online court records.

No details were included in the report following a status conference for the case on Monday, but the records said the case against Heidi Mann "shall be set for plea and sentencing as soon as possible."

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 entered insanity pleas to the charges in July.

In a telephone interview Monday, District Attorney Kristi Tlusty said, “We are engaging in negotiations. I can't release any more than that.”
   
Mann's attorney, Karl Kelz, declined comment on a possible plea bargain.

In late November, Circuit Judge Ann Knox-Bauer ruled that statements Mann made to police could be used as evidence by prosecutors.

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.

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.

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


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