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Woman drives into water reservoir, submerging vehicle with her three young kids inside, cops say

Authorities in Rhode Island say a woman from Milford, Mass., was arrested last week on suspicion of driving a car into a body of water, submerging it with her three children still inside.

According to Fox News, 30-year-old Amanda Nappi is accused of traveling to a reservoir just north of Newport at about 3 p.m. on Friday and gaining access to a route allowing her to drive into the water.

The Portsmouth Police Department reported that there were no serious injuries, but all four occupants were transported to a local hospital “as a precaution” before the driver was arrested.

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Her children were reportedly transferred into the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

Nappi is expected to face criminal charges including three counts of child cruelty or neglect. As of the latest reports available, she was still behind bars at the Women’s Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, R.I., having not posted bond.

As WJAR reported, this wasn’t her first brush with the law. She was arrested about six years ago in connection with a disturbance that allegedly included an intoxicated Nappi — with her 1-year-old daughter alongside her — physically assaulting a cop.

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[Featured image: Amanda Nappi, Portsmouth Police Department]