Mother de­nies at­tempt­ing to kill daugh­ter, 3

Woonsocket Call - - Region | Obituaries -

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Mas­sachusetts woman who po­lice say was found with her 3-year-old daugh­ter inside an idling car with the ex­haust pipe stuffed with cloth­ing has pleaded not guilty to at­tempted mur­der.

Tele­gram & Gazette re­ports Leeann Rick­heit was or­dered held on $500,000 bail Tues­day in Worcester. She was in­dicted on Mon­day.

Po­lice say Rick­heit had made a com­ment to her mother about harm­ing the child. The mother called po­lice, spark­ing an Am­ber Alert.

Rick­heit and her daugh­ter were found the next morn­ing in Charl­ton. Both were un­con­scious or asleep in a car. A trooper smashed a win­dow and both were hos­pi­tal­ized.

Po­lice say Rick­heit told them she wanted to kill her­self.

Rick­heit's at­tor­ney said her client didn't think her daugh­ter would be harmed be­cause she cracked open a win­dow.

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