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A mother accused of trying to drown her two young daughters is expected to make her first court appearance Friday afternoon. The girls remain in critical condition at an area hospital.
The mother accused of trying to drown her two daughters pleaded guilty Thursday.
District Attorney Jerome A. Gorman's office said Johnna Marie Green, 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted, intentional second-degree murder.
Court records said that on April 2, 2013 about 5:45 p.m. police were called to Green's home in the 2900 block of South 52nd Street in Kansas City, KS. When they arrived they found a 4-year-old girl and 20-month-old girl unresponsive from apparent drowning.
Police and firefighters tried to resuscitate the girls on scene and both were taken to the hospital where they were revived.
The children were in critical condition at the hospital, but slowly showed improvement and were released later that same month after making a full recovery.
They were placed in the care of a family member rather than a state social worker or foster home.
At the time, authorities said Green called police herself and said her daughters needed medical attention. She was arrested and accused of trying to drown the girls inside their home, holding them underwater until they were unresponsive.
The district attorney's office said Green has been in custody since the day police arrived at her home.
In exchange for a guilty plea, the charges against Green were amended. Instead of facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, she agreed to plea to two counts of attempted, intentional second-degree murder, one count for each girls.
Both the prosecution and the defense will recommend to the sentencing judge that the sentences for both counts be ordered served consecutively.
The father of the youngest child came to Green's previous court appearances. He was not at home when the incident happened. Those who know him say he treated both girls as though they were his own and he remained by their sides at the hospital after he heard the news.
Shortly after her arrest, Green reportedly tried to commit suicide while in custody and her attorney said there was much more to her story. It's still unknown what, if any, information will come out about what happened.
Green's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28.
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