Police: mother hit power pole to kill self, children

Tia Thompson (Source: Montgomery Police)
Tia Thompson (Source: Montgomery Police)

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A young mother makes a startling and disturbing admission as police arrive on the scene of a car accident in Montgomery Monday.

Officers say they responded to a car wreck in the 1300 block of Woodley Road only to learn from the traffic victim that she'd intentionally slammed her automobile into a power pole in an effort to kill herself and two of her children.

Tia Thompson, 23, and two of her four children, ages three and four, were transported to Jackson Hospital for what turned out to be minor injuries. Thompson hadn't strapped either child into a safety seat and she didn't have a seat belt on either.

The children were treated and released to a grandparent per Department of Human Resources.

When asked, Thompson said she'd received notification that her welfare benefits were being cut off and explained that she could no longer support herself or her children. Thompson said slamming the car into a power pole was was her only option.

She is now charged with two counts of Attempted Murder and was transported to the Montgomery County Detention Facility on what the Montgomery Police called an "excessive bond" of $200,000.

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