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Mom Who Drove Into Lake With Son Called Death the Boy's 'Best Option': Cops


Mom Who Drove Into Lake With Son Called Death the Boy's 'Best Option': Cops (North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation/Google)

A woman who cops say drove her car into a North Carolina lake last month in an attempt to kill herself and her 6-year-old son reportedly called the watery grave her son's "best option."

Fortunately, authorities say horrified passersby were able to pull Leonora Jane Cillay and her 6-year-old son, Ben, out of the sinking Hyundai despite alleged attempts by Cillay to shut the car's windows to keep rescuers out.

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After the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation arrested the 41-year-old mother, the case managed to take an even darker turn.

Officials say they found a blog allegedly run by Cillay in which she described her son's struggles with both physical and mental developmental delays.

Cillay also told authorities she believed an "organization" was after her son, the Washington Post reports.

"I will always love him," she told authorities.

According to an incident report, a suicide note found near the boat ramp, where Cillay allegedly drove into the water, read:

"I know who I am now. I know what they plan to do with Ben. I cannot let that happen. This is the best I can do for Ben."

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Authorities also recovered a silver-colored box from the scene that contained money, passports, Social Security cards and an electronic device that measures radio and microwave frequencies, the report said.

Entries in Cillay's blog also reportedly describe her fears about the effects electromagnetic waves were having on Ben.

After Cillay and her son were pulled from the car May 14, they were both transported to a hospital, where they were treated and released.

Cillay was arrested and has since been charged with first-degree attempted murder. She is being held on $1 million bond. She is due back in court June 6.

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