Woman arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder after water rescue incident

photo by: Chad Lawhorn

First responders, their vehicles and a wrecker are shown on the banks of the Kansas River during a water rescue on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

One day after a car sank in the Kansas River, a Missouri woman was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the incident.

Lawrence police arrested Scharron Renea Dingledine, 26, of Columbia, Mo., Saturday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, according to a news release from the department. The release said the arrest stems from the death of Dingledine’s 5-year-old daughter and injuries to her 1-year-old son, who remains in the hospital.

On Friday, Dingledine and the 1-year-old boy were rescued from the river shortly after the incident was reported at around 1:15 p.m. The vehicle they were thought to be in was pulled from the river by search and recovery crews later Friday afternoon.

The body of the 5-year-old girl was recovered from the river on Saturday morning after rescue crews continued their search, which had been suspended overnight.

No information on how the car ended up in the water has been released.

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Scharron R. Dingledine

Dingledine is being held at the Douglas County Jail without bond, according to the release. The Journal-World requested her booking photo from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office but had not received a response as of 8:20 p.m. Saturday about whether it would be released.

A search of the Kansas Department of Corrections and the Missouri Department of Corrections turned up no results for Dingledine. She has no criminal history in Douglas County, according to online district court records.

Police continue to investigate the incident, according to the news release.


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