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Mother is charged with attempted murder after driving her car into a lake with her daughter inside 

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Mississippi mother, 34, is charged with attempted murder after ‘intentionally’ driving her car into a lake with her 2-year-old daughter inside

  •  Cari Campbell Cullum, 34, of Columbus was arrested and charged with attempted murder on Monday 
  • On September 21, Cullum backed her SUV with her 2-year-old daughter inside off a boat ramp  
  • She was taken into police custody on Monday, September 30 and placed in the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center
  • Her daughter has been given to her biological father in Monroe County and Cullum has been barred from seeing all three of her children 
  •  Authorities believe the incident was ‘intentional’

Cari Campbell Cullum (pictured), 34, was charged with attempted murder for backing her SUV with her 2-year-old daughter inside into a lake

Cari Campbell Cullum (pictured), 34, was charged with attempted murder for backing her SUV with her 2-year-old daughter inside into a lake

A elementary school teacher and mother of three from Mississippi intentionally drove her SUV into a lake with her two-year-old daughter in the car, police say. 

On September 21, 34-year-old Cari Campbell Cullum allegedly backed her SUV off a boat ramp at the Columbus Lock and Dam with her toddler daughter inside. 

Authorities at the Columbus Police Department don’t believe it was an accident.

Police Chief Fred Shelton said: ‘This is a tragic case and we believe this was not an accident.’

‘Our investigation continues into the incident. Her children are in the care of another person at this time.’ 

Officers at the Columbus Police Department in Mississippi believe Cullum submerged her SUV (pictured) intentionally

Officers at the Columbus Police Department in Mississippi believe Cullum submerged her SUV (pictured) intentionally 

A friend of Cullum rescued the two by diving into the water, breaking one of the car’s windows and pulling them free from the partially submerged car, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.  

Cullum, her daughter and the man that saved them were not injured. 

Shelton praised the heroic man, saying: ‘The man that put his own life at risk to save these two people is a hero. We would never tell anyone to take such actions, but he did what he had to do.’

‘I am convinced the outcome would have been much worse without his life-saving work. We don’t identify persons in this type of case, but he is a hero for sure.’

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The suspect was arrested by officers and charged on Monday. 

Cullum’s daughter has been removed from her custody and placed with a biological father in Monroe County.

Since her arrest on Monday, Cullum (pictured) has been barred from seeing her children (pictured) and her toddler daughter is staying with her biological father in Monroe County

According to her Facebook, the mother of three is a second-grade elementary school teacher (pictured) at Hamilton Elementary School

According to her Facebook, the mother of three is a second-grade elementary school teacher (pictured) at Hamilton Elementary School 

According to her Facebook, Cullum is a second-grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary School.

Officials at the elementary school declined to comment on her employment status, The Mississippi Clarion-Ledger reported. 

Monroe County School District Superintendent Brian Jernigan said: ‘This is something that we’re working through now as a district.’

Cullum was held at the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center after her arrest, but jail records no longer list her as an inmate as of Wednesday. 

He bond was set at $400,000 during her initial court appearance and she was ordered to stay away from her three children.      

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