Police: 'Voices' told mother to drown sons

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a Pittsburgh-area woman told them she heard "crazy voices" telling her to push her sons underwater before she sat on the boys in the bathtub, drowning her 3-year-old and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition.

Forty-year-old Laurel Michelle Schlemmer of McCandless was jailed without bond after she was arraigned early Wednesday on charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault and child endangerment.

Allegheny County detectives say Schlemmer told them she tried to drown her two youngest sons after her 7-year-old son left for school on Tuesday.

Schlemmer allegedly told police she "thought she could be a better mother" to her eldest "if the other two boys weren't around and they would be better off in heaven."

Court records don't list an attorney for Schlemmer, who faces a preliminary hearing April 11.

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