A mother has been arrested after witnesses said they stopped her from drowning her young daughter in a lake, Tennessee police say.
The woman has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated child neglect and driving under the influence, according to Monroe County jail records.
The Georgia woman told her 7-year-old daughter that she was taking her to her grandmother in New York, WXIA reported. Instead, the woman drove her to Lake Tellico in Vonroe, Tennessee.
Witnesses told the police that the woman walked into the lake and held her daughter’s head underwater in what appeared to be an attempt to drown her, the station reported. Witnesses intervened and pulled the child away.
The woman then went back to her car and drove it into the lake, WBIR reported. She managed to climb out through the driver’s window and swim to shore, the station said.
Eventually, she was caught and taken into custody, and the officer believed she was under the influence, according to WBIR.
The young girl is now with family in the Atlanta area, the station reported.
The girl told police her mother had been acting strangely for the last couple of days, WSB-TV reported.
Vonroe is 160 miles north of Atlanta.