Kalamazoo police say mother drove car into river with her twin daughters inside

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The bodies of a mother and two girls were pulled from the Kalamazoo River Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Karianne Thomas said the mother, identified by family members as Ineza McClinton, drove her car into the river at Verburg Park with her 9-year-old twin daughters inside Monday night.

"Just tragic," Thomas said during an interview. "It's so tragic and so traumatic for the family."

Thomas said police were notified about the incident Monday night after two young girls told them what happened. Immediately police searched for the vehicle in the river and within minutes found two of the bodies floating near the car.

"We then asked for assistance from the Michigan State Dive Team, who arrived at 6 a.m. this morning, once we had daylight in order to recover the other victim, the other 9-year-old twin," said Thomas.

By 8:30 a.m. all three bodies had been pulled from river, she said. Police do not know how the other girls were related to the victims but they're glad they escaped.

"The two young girls we made contact with were in the vehicle at some point (and) had gotten out of the vehicle," said Thomas. "They’re the ones that reported this incident to us and as you can imagine that’s a lot of trauma for young girls."

Investigators were trying to determine why the woman drove into the water. They also were working to determine a precise timeline leading up to that point, and who else may have been in contact with the woman.

"I think that it just brings to light that a lot of people are suffering and we don’t know it," Thomas said. "Everyone should take a moment and realize everyone is going though something."


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  • Jenni Lynn Coburn

    This is such a sad sad story. But before people start bashing the mom, please remember that we don’t know the whole story. We don’t know her mental stability or anything about her. This is a tragic reality that happens more than people want to admit. I’m sure the family is already having a difficult time comprehending what has happened and mourning for the woman and the twins. So, please keep them in mind when you are posting your opinions. They are hurting enough.

    To them: My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so very sorry for your loss.

    • Cindy McAllister

      Thank you for saying that. I agree with you 100%. We don’t know other people’s story or their state of mind. Tragic all around.

    • Matt McCartney

      Oh Jenni. Spare me. Let’s pretend that it was their dad. Then everyone would be screaming about what a monster he was. Her story is irrelevant at this point. So is her motive. She murdered her daughters; so how is the fact that she died too, somehow worthy of sympathy? Unless an investigation determines that the accelerator stuck to the floor and the brakes failed (possible but damned unlikely) this is not particularly complicated.

  • steve

    Nobody saw this possibly coming? She must have been up against something and I’m amazed no adult realized that she needed serious help. Sad.

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