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Mom Drives SUV Into Bay, Kills Child

July 16, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ A mother intentionally drove her sports utility vehicle into Biscayne Bay with her two children inside, killing herself and her 5-year-old daughter, police said.

Her infant son, born April 17, was in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital a day after the Monday incident, a spokeswoman said.

Police said Kisha Ruthymay Bethel, 22, had stopped her Isuzu Trooper on the northwest corner of Watson Island for about 20 minutes. She then suddenly accelerated, driving about 50 feet along a seawall before steering the vehicle into the bay, where it sank in 10 feet of water.

City rescue divers pulled Bethel, her daughter, Nadia Dorvil, and son, Reggie Thomas, from the vehicle. All were in cardiac arrest. Bethel and her daughter were pronounced dead at the hospital.

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