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Miami Beach, FL — Shirley Jean, 27, is facing two counts of premeditated attempted murder after police say she tried to drown herself and her two children in Biscayne Bay Thursday evening.

Witnesses told police they watched as Jean drove her car off the road and into the bay. As one witness was dialing 911, he told police he saw Jean exit the partially submerged vehicle and try to drown her 7-year-old child. As she was pushing the child’s head into the water, the witness says she was telling another child, age 2, to get out of the car and join them in the water.

“The car took a sharp turn right into the water,” said witness Rafael Abraeu. “She got out in the water and was pushing the little girl’s head under and threw her body on top of her.”

Three men who were fishing nearby told police they tried to rescue Jean and the children, but Jean wouldn’t allow them anywhere near the child. One of the men said Jean tried to bite him when he reached for the kid.

Police finally arrived on scene and all three were eventually rescued from the water. Each was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Those close to the family claim Jean is a good mother who has never shown signs of suicidal tendencies or depression. Jean, however, reportedly admitted to the watery late-term abortion attempt. So far, though, we don’t know why.

At a hearing in juvenile court Friday, a judge listened as Jean’s family members begged to keep the children in their home – a home they once shared with Jean. Another judge had previously ordered Jean to keep her distance from the children, and her brother, Nervens Lublin, tried to assure the juvenile court judge they would have her moved out when and if she is released on bond.

“We have her stuff packed,” Nervens said, “so whenever she gets out, she has to leave. She’s not allowed in the house or around her kids.”

The placement of the children is pending background checks on the family.

Jean remains behind bars on $44,000 bond. If she makes bond, she’ll be placed under house arrest.

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