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Man Saves Wife, Kids From Suicide

December 1, 1998

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ A man jumped into a canal and saved his estranged wife and their two children after she drove her car into the water in an alleged murder-suicide attempt.

Ingrid Oviedo and the children, ages 3 and 7, were not hurt.

Mrs. Oviedo, 27, was separated from her husband and angry at what she regarded as meddling by her relatives, investigators said. She allegedly told her mother and cousin before driving off with the children: ``Tomorrow, you’re going to bury three because you will not see the kids again.″

Mrs. Oviedo was charged with attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.

Before driving into the 35-foot-deep water Monday, Mrs. Oviedo called her cousin from the car and asked her to contact her husband, Miguel, and tell him to meet them at the canal, sheriff’s deputies said.

The cousin and husband arrived, and the cousin raced to the car, asking Mrs. Oviedo to open the door. She refused to let the pleading children out, and drove into the canal, investigators said.

Her husband jumped in and opened the back door, and he and the cousin pulled the three out.

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