A Colorado mother was arrested on child abuse charges after allegedly trying to drive off of a cliff with four children and two dogs in the car in order to go be “with Jesus.”
During a hearing in Mesa County court on Monday, a judge ordered 42-year-old Jessica Dawn Garcia to be held on a $5,000 cash-only bond, The Daily Sentinel reports. Garcia was held on suspicion of four counts of attempted vehicular homicide and four counts of child abuse following a disturbing incident on March 30, during which a child called emergency dispatchers to report that Garcia was trying to kill him and others, according to the outlet.
The 13-year-old boy that called 911 claimed that Garcia was planning to drive her car off of a cliff at the Colorado National Monument, officers said, per The Daily Sentinel’s report. The boy said that he escaped by jumping out of the car as it was moving, but said that there were still three children and two dogs in the car with Garcia.
The boy has been identified as Garcia’s son, Denver’s CBS 4 reports.
Authorities arrived on the scene to find Garcia’s car parked 10 feet from a cliff, according to The Daily Sentinel. The white sedan was in park on the wrong side of the road and the skid marks that were present on the ground suggested that the vehicle had been abruptly stopped, the outlet reports, citing an affidavit.
One child told authorities that Garcia believed that the earth was “corrupt,” and that she wanted to “go home” in order to be “with Jesus,” Law and Crime reports.
A responding officer reported that he heard Garcia comment, without provocation, “I wasn’t going to push them off,” according to the outlet. She also reportedly said at one point, “[T]hey’re all going to die, too,” an affidavit obtained by the outlet states.
Garcia was taken to West Springs Hospital before being transported to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office for booking, according to The New York Post.
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