Humboldt County mother accused of trying to kill sons

Nov 3, 2014 1:53 PM by News Staff

A Humboldt County woman who drove off a 300-foot cliff along Highway 1 with her two young boys in her vehicle faces attempted murder charges after investigators determined it was an intentional act.

Mendocino County sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Athena Renee Doyle was arrested on a warrant in Humboldt County on Friday in connection with the Oct. 3 crash that injured her and her two boys, ages 2 and 4. She is facing two felony counts of attempted murder.

Sheriff's Capt. Greg Van Patten tells the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa an investigation determined Doyle intentionally drove her SUV down the cliff, where it came to rest on its roof on a beach. Doyle and the boys were hospitalized.

It was not immediately clear on Monday whether Doyle had an attorney.

In August, The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office issued a news release asking the public to be on the lookout for Doyle after she had reportedly taken her boys and was traveling north towards Canada. Sheriff's officials said at the time Doyle was having mental health issues and may harm herself and her children.

(Photo Courtesy: Humboldt County Sheriff's Office)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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