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Mistrial for mother accused of trying to kill kids, herself

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a woman accused of having tried to kill herself and her two young children by piping vehicle exhaust into her car.

Jurors in Luzerne County deliberated for seven hours Friday, reporting three times that they were deadlocked. The jury foreman said they were deadlocked 9-3 in favor of conviction. Prosecutors haven't said whether they will retry the case.

Authorities said 33-year-old Melissa Ann Scholl drove the 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl to a parking lot in December 2015 and strung a hose from the exhaust pipe to a window. A passer-by pulled out the hose and called police.

Prosecutors accused Scholl of a "dramatic, self-centered, narcissistic" murder-suicide plan. Defense attorney Larry Kansky called her actions a cry for help.

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