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WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP -- A mother is under arrest in Luzerne County after police said she tried to kill herself and her children in a car.

Police said just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Melissa Scholl put her two kids in the back of her car and parked between two school buses at Student Transportation of America bus depot along Blackman Street near Wilkes-Barre.

A bus driver pulled into the depot only because a group he was supposed to pick up never showed up. That driver stumbled on Scholl, her 7-year-old son, and 5-year-old daughter inside the car with the windows rolled up. A hose was connected to the tailpipe and the other end was inside the car.

Police say Scholl was trying to poison herself and the kids.

The bus driver, Robert Shinal, knows Scholl and her kids well.

"Kids I drive every day. I just wanted to get the hose out and get her keys and make sure the kids were safe," he said.

Before police arrived on scene, Scholl gave Shinal a hint at why she may have tried to end her children's lives.

"She said it was tough raising two kids on her own with no child support, that she has been doing it since the kids were born," Shinal said.

The children were taken to the hospital and are expected to be OK.

Scholl was arraigned on two counts of attempted homicide.

35 comments

  • magicmikexxsm

    I hope Melissa Scholl, gets the help she need, obviously this poor women was crying out for help.
    I hope the cops and prosecutor get her the help she needs, and not just throw her in jail, like trash.

  • Tim

    I hope now she gets the mental help she needs. This isnt about struggling. These people are mentally ill(obviously)

  • Mandy

    Birth control is free to the poor so her own poor decisions and inability to stay off her back got her into that situation. Why didn’t she have her tubes tied after the first two? Sorry but I would have loved more kids but couldn’t afford them so I had one and I’m married. I’m tired of seeing kids abused when I’m paying for them and couldn’t afford to have my own. I hope she rots in jail.

    • Realist

      Where does it say she has more than two children, as you referred to she should have stopped after two?
      I clearly must have missed that in the article.
      Regardless, while I do NOT condone her sick and selfish solution, and agree that she should be severely punished, why the judgement on the innocent children?
      Sometimes we plan things in life and change happens. People don’t have kids usually, and say yeah in X amount of years they’re dad is going to be a deadbeat.
      She had two children.
      The criticism lies in her not choosing to get help financially….its out there. Or, going to family services and getting them proper care. Someone hopefully will give them a good home. Either way, they’ll get it now!! Thanks to the good Lord watching and their bus driver showing up when he did. Thank you Mr. Shilan for saving these children!!

  • JT

    Those poor children. They dont understand why or what punishment she does or dosnt deserve. All they wanna know is where their mommy is and why shes sad. Thank God for the kindness of strangers and I see that bus driver as a Saint. Sure she could get help but let us all remember its not always that easy, espasally now. Shame on us all for placing judgement without knowing this womans struggles or strides. I pray for this family and hope God helps them find their way.

  • Maggie Grace

    She looks pretty dolled up in the photo…kind of hard to be sympathetic to the whole “I’m struggling” card when her makeup is on, hair is in p,ace, and the clothing is not looking tattered and torn. I agree with the comment that perhaps she should have been more mindful about birth control and the apparent losers she was sleeping around with…to sort of be a little more in tune with the reality that kids cost a lot…in time, money, energy, attention, and care. I’m sure it is hard to ask for help…but far better to ask for assistance than to try and kill your children. Her attempt to take lives was a permanent solution to temporary problems and situations.

    • Ann

      WOW!!!! so if someones clothes are clean and ironed that means they are mentally OK? clearly you know nothing about mental illness. Did it ever occur to you she may have purchased them second hand? Regardless what does her makeup and clothes have to do with mental illness? You my friend are under a rock

      • Maggie Grace

        @ ANN: First of all, step off your high and mighty soap box. My comment was clearly just my opinion, which we are all free to have…even you. My point was to comment that in so many cases the “insanity” or mental health issues cards are pulled far too quickly when crimes are committed. As such, it does not seem that people are held accountable for their actions. My comment was simply to point out that this woman looked pretty put together. Working in the legal system, this is a reality. And if you think otherwise, it is you who is foolishly living under a rock. And just as a side note…I am not your friend, nor would I ever wish to be.

  • Marie

    Well, I guess she won’t be needing to worry about raising them now. The courts would be idiots if they give them back. And the deadbeat dad shouldn’t get them either. Get them adopted into a stable loving home.

  • Holly

    It’s sad about what these 2 kids had to go through,i can’t have anymore kids,my last were 22 years ago,but my husband of 2 years now would love to give siblings or a child who deserves to be loved and taken care on,God bless

  • jim

    WNEP why do you go for the sensationalism and show this woman’s face. In fact most of your morning news cast in nothing but depressing …accept for the news crew Joe and Ryan can put a smile on your face to start the day

  • Edward

    Normally I’d be out for blood, but this woman clearly has some type of mental disorder. Thankfully the kids are okay and safe. She needs some type of help NOT jail. We have enough people in jail the way it is! Worst part is many folks are in jail for non violent offenses like drug possession or addiction. These people should be in rehab, NOT jail and those who should be in jail are free birds!

    • Taco Salad

      Every person who kills has some sort of mental disorder.
      Should we let then all go, as long as we are “getting them help?”
      It makes me sick to see so many defending an attempted murderer just because she is a woman.
      If a father had done this, you sharks would be looking to rip him to pieces.

      • gutterratt

        Narcissistic witch thinks it’s all about her! Exploiting her kids for attention! Makes me sick! And I am with you, so sick of hearing the “mental illness” lament for every dirty deed done out there! ESPECIALLY when it comes to children! Shame on her! Any idiot knows single moms can get the help they need!

    • MK

      Wow…that’s just messed up….she should not b in jail…REALLY….she tried to kill her kids….everybody that tries to kill other people always use the insanity role….yes is she sick…yes she is…does she need help…yes she does..and she should get that help in prison…and left out in maybe 10 years…forced to get rubes tied before being released….so that she can not do this agin…as well as never b able to contact her children again….I go to school part time….work night shift full time…raise 4 kids on my own…and take care of house and everything else that comes along with life…and I don’t get any help from the government…my kids dad don’t pay child support….but do u see me out there trying to kill myself and my kids….nope….just messed up people who r drug users (and yes she is a drug user) who can’t handle the heat anymore….well sweetheart…she has options….drop them off at a fire station…give them up for adoption…u don’t try to kill them…if u ask me…it was just the first excuse that came to mind…because she had to come up with something…because come on…she didn’t expect to get caught trying to kill herself and her kids! Justice needs to b served…putting her in a mental institution isn’t gonna do that! She needs to rot in prison for a while and think about her actions….

    • Frank Rizzo

      4 kids and no child support, someone has made some poor decisions in life, and not using birth control was one of them

    • MK

      Wow…that’s just messed up….she should not b in jail…REALLY….she tried to kill her kids….everybody that tries to kill other people always use the insanity role….yes is she sick…yes she is…does she need help…yes she does..and she should get that help in prison…and left out in maybe 10 years…forced to get rubes tied before being released….so that she can not do this agin…as well as never b able to contact her children again….I go to school part time….work night shift full time…raise 4 kids on my own…and take care of house and everything else that comes along with life…and I don’t get any help from the government…my kids dad don’t pay child support….but do u see me out there trying to kill myself and my kids….nope….just messed up people who r drug users (and yes she is a drug user) who can’t handle the heat anymore….well sweetheart…she has options….drop them off at a fire station…give them up for adoption…u don’t try to kill them…if u ask me…it was just the first excuse that came to mind…because she had to come up with something…because come on…she didn’t expect to get caught trying to kill herself and her kids! Justice needs to b served…putting her in a mental institution isn’t gonna do that! She needs to rot in prison for a while and think about her actions….

  • ok

    Well now the very little working class in the area will be taking care of them all..
    I dont feel like working anymore.. I am going to quit my job and let you working fools support
    me..

  • KAH

    This woman may be suffering from postpartum depression or psychosis, they mentioned she also had 8 month old twins. She needs help, she should be in a hospital not jail.

  • Krystie

    I’m 31 years old ave raise3 kids inn my own with no child support! I look at this d am act of selfishness. There are other ways she could have gone about this. Don’t take your children’s lives! She defiantly needs help… Thank God the kids are ok.. There’s so much help she can be getting elsewhere financially if she needs it. This is insane!

  • Jann

    This woman needs help not jail. I know how desperate she feels especially during the holidays when you are stuggling. I hope she gets the help she needs. An angel must have been watching over that family.

  • Common Sense

    This should not even be legal! This woman is attempting to kill herself and her children. If that is not a sign of insanity then I do not know what is. We waste millions of tax payers dollars each year locking up individuals instead of directing these people to rehabilation programs. Do I think she should just be let go? No! But she should be helped , not tortured. She also should be sentenced to a lot of community service. I couldn’t imagine having the internal pain she must have that she wanted to end life. What good does putting this woman in jail do? Wastes our money, and she’ll just come out hating her life even more and probably make a 2nd attempt

  • caps not on

    Don’t charge her help her this is just one thing that is gone in our country compassion she may have been too overwhelmed to ask for help its not for us to judge her. Christmas is a tough time for single parents it’s a time for the better off to help the less fortunate instead of getting the newest phone give something to a person who is struggling to survive. I will .

    • Taco Salad

      She attempted to murder her own children. But you don’t think she should be charged with anything? Would you extend the same standard to anyone else? Or is the single-mother card so powerful that you believe it places them above the law?

      • d

        I do believe the single-mother card is that powerful.
        The children are already suffering enough. Good help is really hard to find.

    • Trish

      No what’s gone in our country is common sense!!! Lock this idiot up and throw away the key I’m sorry these are children helpless children and their mother is supposed to protect them not kill them!! Omg I just cannot believe how anyone can stick up for her there are so many single parents out there that no matter what they would never resort to this. I wish nothing but the best for these kids they deserve the world.

  • lisa pahler

    this makes me very sick to my stomach……..if u r having a hard time raising ur children then get help……or give them to a family member or a loving family that r able to care of them knowing u cant right now……ur children didnt do anything wrong……they didnt ask to be brought in this world…..u decided to bring them into this world……i dont know how it could even cross a parents mind to kill their own children…..just because u gave them life does not give u the right to end it

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