Dad devastated after Kansas police say mom drowned daughter, attempted to kill son

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26-year-old Scharron Renea Dingledine 26-year-old Scharron Renea Dingledine

A woman has been charged with murder and attempted murder after she allegedly drove into the Kansas River, drowning her 5-year-old daughter and leaving her 1-year-old son in the hospital.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson on Monday charged 26-year-old Scharron Renea Dingledine, of Columbia, Missouri, with first-degree murder. She is also charged with attempted first-degree murder stemming from critical injuries to her son.

Police say the children were in a vehicle that sank Friday afternoon in the river in downtown Lawrence. The toddler and the mother were rescued. The girl's body was recovered from the river on Saturday.

KCTV reports the girl, Amiyah Bradley, would have started school at Blue Ridge Elementary in the fall. The people who knew and loved her are in disbelief that she is gone.

"That smile. That girl's smile is precious," Amiyah's father, Clinton Bradley, said.

Bradley treasures the memories of his daughter from her first steps, her baby pictures and the Barbie she played with when she came to visit.

"That was one of her favorite toys," he said.

Bradley says he and Amiyah's mother are separated but have kept in touch. He still feels close to his daughter.

"She was the sweetest little girl. All she had was love and compassion in her heart," he said.

Bradley says he thought of Dingledine as a good mother. He says the SUV she drove into the river did not belong to her. He and others are still trying to find out what led up to her leaving and driving into the Kansas River more than 150 miles away.

"I can't wrap my head around what happened. I can't wrap my head around why Scharron did that," Bradley said.

Dingledine's bond was set at $1 million. Her son, Elijah, remains hospitalized.

The Associated Press and KCTV contributed to this report.