Mother Accused of Purposely Driving Car into Reservoir with Children in Backseat


NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — A Massachusetts mother, who is accused of purposely crashing her car into a reservoir with her children inside, appeared before a judge in second district court in Newport Monday.

30-year-old, Amanda Nappi, of Milford, Mass. pleaded no contest to three counts of cruelty or neglect of a child.

Nappi drove her car into the Lawton Valley Reservoir in Portsmouth, R.I. on Friday, in what police say was an attempt to kill herself and possibly her children.

In court, prosecuting officer, Det. Lt. John Cahoon with the Portsmouth Police Department, said, “The witness [on scene] stated she feared the defendant would drown her juvenile children, and called for the defendant to come back to shore with her kids.”

Nappi’s bail was set at $30,000, and she was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

The judge also ordered Nappi have no contact with her three children, who are now in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Nappi is due back in court on August 8th, for a pre-trial hearing.

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