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Heidi Mann claims insanity for allegedly trying to kill her kids

MEDFORD, WI (WTAQ) - A north central Wisconsin woman now claims she was insane when she allegedly tried to kill her four youngest kids, so they wouldn’t feel the pain of her impending divorce.

37-year-old Heidi Mann of Rib Lake waived a preliminary hearing Monday in Taylor County.

She pleaded not guilty, and not guilty by insanity, to four charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Mann will be examined by a mental health professional to determine if a sanity case has any merit.

Prosecutors said Mann tried to asphyxiate the youngsters by placing them in an SUV for two hours in a closed garage with its engine running. The kids – ages 3, 6, 9, and 12 – all survived and are living with other relatives.

The incident happened in March, but sheriff’s investigators said they were not made aware of it until about a month ago.