UPDATE: On Saturday afternoon, a woman was arrested in connection with the water incident that happened in the Kansas River in Lawrence.
Scharron Renea Dingledine, a 26-year-old from Columbia, Missouri, was arrested on one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.
It stems from the death of her 5-year-old daughter, whose body was pulled from the river on Saturday morning.
Her 1-year-old son who was pulled from the river on Friday sustained critical injuries and is still in the hospital.
Dingledine is being held in the Douglas County Jail without bond.
The investigation is ongoing.
All previous coverage below.Emergency crews in Lawrence were in the Kansas River in a water rescue operation on Friday, which led a woman and child being saved from the water. A second child's body was found on Saturday morning.
On Friday, someone had called 911 and said they saw a vehicle in the river at about 1:15 p.m. near 6th and Massachusetts Streets.
The first two officers to arrive at the scene saw a woman and a child floating in the water. The officers jumped in and pulled them from the river.
The woman and child were then sent to an area hospital. They are still hospitalized, but their condition is unknown at this time.
Divers were in the water for the rest of the day, searching to find out if anyone else was inside the submerged car.
Ultimately, dive teams did not find anyone else inside the submerged car that they pulled from the Kansas River on Friday. However, because the woman who was inside the car told them there was another person inside, possibly a child, they planned to continue searching on Saturday morning.
Update: On Saturday morning, the body of a 5-year-old child was pulled from the Kansas River. The authorities said they believe it was the third passenger they were looking for the day before.
No one else is believed to have been in the vehicle and the recovery operation has now concluded.
On Friday, the moving river, silt, and debris made recovering anyone else who may have been inside the car difficult.
Because this investigation is ongoing, it is too soon to know if the car was intentionally driven into the river of it was an accident. Officers do believe the car went into the river from the shoreline and not from the bridge up above.
Several witnesses saw emergency crews working to rescue anyone inside the car.
"The raft got out there. They probably had a six-foot pole with them on the raft. The guys that were in the water said let me have that pole. He grabbed that pole and jabbed it down in the water and said I feel a vehicle," witness John Christian said.
We are told the first officers are hurting because they wished they could have done more.
"If you have a belief that someone else might be in a vehicle and you can’t get back to the vehicle to check that, to recover somebody that might have been in the vehicle, that’s very traumatic," said Capt. Trent McKinley with the Lawrence Police Department.
"I think they made an amazing effort," said Ben Woods, a witness. "When I got here there were several divers in the water. There were cops in the water. You could see a piece of the car but it was sinking so fast there wasn’t a whole lot they could do. They had to back off."
People in Lawrence were paying their respects on Saturday.
Some left small gifts near the place where that car went into the water. You can see the soccer ball, a doll, balloons, and flowers.
Some of them saw the car go into the water on Friday. Many others watched the rescue of the mother and one of the children in the car.
One parent who saw the rescue last night said this incident breaks his heart. He and his teenage daughter brought balloons to add to the memorial this afternoon.
“Having kids myself, being a parent, it's hard to fathom losing a child, not having a chance at life,” Darren Riccardo said. “It’s really tragic.”
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