‘Why? What Happened? We May Never Know,’ Police Say After Mother Drives Into River With Twin Girls, Killing Them All

Ineza McClinton and her daughters, Angel and Faith, died after McClinton plunged their car into the Kalamazoo River.

By Eric Shorey

A Michigan woman drove into a river with her twin daughters in the car, killing all three of them and leaving police struggling to find a motive.

Two bodies, that of the 44-year-old woman and one of the 9-year-old girls, were found in the Kalamazoo River on Monday — the second child's corpse was found after a search the next morning.

Although police didn't initially release the names of the victims, family members have since identified them as Ineza McClinton and her daughters, Angel and Faith, according to WWMT of West Michigan. All three had lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ineza was originally from Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety had been called to the scene after two girls reported a family member had purposefully driven her car into the river at around 10:45 p.m. The girls, one 3-year-old and one 8-year-old, told officers they were in the vehicle but were let out right before it plunged into the water.The events preceding the deaths are unknown at this time, according to Chief Karianne Thomas of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

Ineza McClinton

“We are all asking why,” Thomas told ABC 13 of Grand Rapids, Michigan. “At this point, we just don't have any motive. I think the family is asking that same question. Why? What happened? We may never know.”

Police say that although her record has been clean since 2014, Ineza had been arrested a dozen times while living in Kalamazoo over the past 20 years. The crimes mostly pertained to retail fraud.

In a statement, the police department offered "condolences to all family and friends who have been impacted by this tragic loss," according to Fox 2 of Detroit, Michigan.

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