November 03, 2010

Tia Thompson - Jailed After Attempting To Kill Herself And Two Children Because Her Welfare Benefits Were About To Expire

Montgomery, Alabama (The Weekly Vice) - Tia Thompson, a 23-year-old Montgomery woman was jailed Monday after she allegedly attempted to kill both herself and her children by crashing into a pole after she was notified that her welfare benefits would soon be expiring.

According to Montgomery police, officers were dispatched after receiving a report that a vehicle had crashed into a pole on Woodley Road.

When investigators questioned Thompson over what caused the accident, she gave a startling confession.

Investigators say Thompson admitted to intentionally running the car into a power pole in attempt to kill herself and two of her children (ages 3 and 4). She stated that her welfare benefits were being suspended and since she didn't know how she would provide for her family, she felt that killing herself and the kids was the only way out.

The children, who were not restrained with seat belts, were taken to Jackson Hospital and treated for minor injuries. The Department of Human Resources investigated the family, and allowed the children to be released to their grandparents.

Thompson was booked into the Montgomery County Detention Center and charged with attempted murder. She is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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