North Augusta, South Carolina – I’m sure everyone is aware of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because it is odorless and colorless, it’s extremely hard to detect. Those of us that live in older homes with older furnaces know how important it is to have a CO detector. If it weren’t for some moments of clarity, my youngest daughter and I would not be here today – that’s how quickly carbon monoxide can affect you…without knowing. And this is why some people opt to use CO poisoning as a means to commit suicide. I’m not sure how I’d handle sitting in a running car knowing that the end to my worries are coming soon, knowing I was going to die in “X” number of minutes. And I don’t think Melissa Sawyer’s children were real hip on the idea of dying that way either.
Being described at wit’s end, Melissa loaded up her two daughters, ages 7 and 11, ran a hose from the tailpipe into her car and took a little spin around the city. She eventually ended up in front of one of her girlfriends homes while explaining to her young daughters her plan of dying together. What the fuck is up with parents sharing gruesome information like that with their children? And I mean, children that old can sure the hell grasp the idea of exactly what the hell she means.
Per the incident report, Melissa told her children, “They were going to heaven together and it would not hurt. They would just go to sleep and wake up in heaven together.” Comforting, isn’t it? You’re sitting in a car with your looney assed mom and you’re trying to figure out if this is a bad dream or the absolute worse form of reality in your young life.
A couple of houses down, a neighbor heard blood curdling screams and called 911. This same neighbor approached the car and saw the children in there, opened the doors as the little girls fled, screaming that their mother was trying to kill them. When police arrived, they found electrical tape around the exhaust pipe and the garden hose in the front yard. Thank goodness for nosy neighbors once again.
The children were checked out and are doing well. Physically. And are being cared for by their father. In a statement, Jeremy Sawyers said, “I don’t agree with what she did, but there’s nothing to change the fact that she did it. Thank God that she wasn’t successful and she needs help. I still love her and I’m going to do what I can to get her that help and get her better. Not for me, but for her kids and for herself.” Me? I’d want to kill her.
Melissa Sawyers is charged with two counts of attempting or administering poison with the intent to kill. If found guilty, that conviction carries a sentence of up to 40 years.
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