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Mom accused of trying to kill kids denied lower bail

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A judge Friday refused to lower the $200,000 cash bail for the Rib Lake mother accused of trying to kill herself and four of her children so she could "be in heaven" with them.

Heidi Mann, 37, was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree homicide of children ranging in age from three to 11. The incident took place at her home March 8, according to the criminal complaint.

Mann was jailed June 17.

Her attorney filed a motion to reduce the cash bail, but Taylor County Circuit Judge Ann Knox-Bauer denied the request during a hearing Friday, according to online court records.

Mann told investigators that she plotted to kill her children with carbon monoxide poisoning because she didn't think they could handle an upcoming divorce and she wanted to "be in heaven" with them, the criminal complaint said.

The document said police became aware of the incident from a report from a psychiatric facility associated with St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Appleton. Doctors there learned of the incident June 7, the complaint said.

The maximum punishment for each attempted homicide count is 60 years in prison.

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