Suicidal mother charged with trying to kill children in Coral Springs crash
www.palmbeachpost.com – A Coral Springs woman is being held without bond and has been ordered to have no contact with her children after police say she tried to kill herself and her two children by ramming the family car into a home’s garage.
Jane Gonzalez, 46, had her two kids in the back seat of her Ford Mustang Tuesday and told them to unbuckle their seatbelts just before she hit the accelerator and purposely slammed into the garage door, said Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley, reading from a police affidavit during a first appearance court hearing Wednesday.
“Maybe she was not a good judge of how to get rid of her kids, but she tried,” Hurley said while denying bond for Gonzalez.
Hurley suggested Gonzalez might have had a better chance of getting bond if the allegations didn’t also indicate that she told the children to unbuckle their seatbelts.
A neighbor’s security camera filmed the crash.
In an interview Thursday, Kevin Linn said he was working at home when he heard a loud crash.
“I heard a commotion, kids crying, screaming. The kids were just hysterical. I heard the boy saying, ‘I don’t want to die.’” Linn said.
He said Gonzalez lives in the neighborhood but has no apparent connection with the house where she crashed the car.
During the bond hearing Hurley ordered that Gonzalez’s children be placed in the care of the Department of Children and Families.
On Thursday, Gonzalez remained in a Broward jail. She has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of cruelty toward a child. Police also charged her with battery on a law enforcement officer and with trying to take an officer’s gun away as the officer tried to subdue her.