WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A retrial has begun for a woman accused of having tried to kill herself and her two young children by piping vehicle exhaust into her car in a Pennsylvania bus station parking lot.
Thirty-four-year-old Melissa Ann Scholl is charged with attempted murder in Luzerne County, where jurors in June deliberated for seven hours but were unable to reach a verdict.
Prosecutors allege that she drove the 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl to a Wilkes-Barre (WILKS’-ba-ree) bus station parking lot in December 2015 and strung a hose from the exhaust pipe to a window. A passer-by pulled the hose from the exhaust and called police.
Defense attorney Larry Kansky calls her actions a cry for help, saying there was no evidence that she wanted to kill her children.