Woman Who Tried to Kill Children, Self Sent to Prison

WILKES-BARRE -- A woman convicted of trying to kill herself and her two children will spend 10 to 30 years in prison.

Melissa Scholl was sentenced Monday in Luzerne County court.

She must also serve 10 years on probation.

Scholl was crying during the character witnesses for her sentencing on Monday morning.

She accepted the guilty verdict, but she told the judge she was not trying to kill her children, it was a cry for help.

“I can finally tell you I love Julian and Vera Scholl. I love them very much,” Scholl told Newswatch 16 as she walked out of the courthouse.

She was found guilty in September of trying to kill herself and her 7-year-old son Julian and 5-year-old daughter Vera in December of 2015.

Prosecutors said she hooked up a hose to her car’s exhaust pipe in a Wilkes-Barre Township School bus parking lot. The car was not running at the time, and her children survived.

She told the judge during her sentencing she was abused by her ex-husband. She also felt overwhelmed as her children’s only caregiver.

Scholl said she thought that by texting her mom she wanted to kill herself that night it would be a cry for help.

“Foolishly, I thought making a scene for her might make her realize how desperate I was. I truly thought I would gain a sympathetic ear,” Scholl said.

“She was feeling that she reached her limits as far as being able to care for the children on her own, being the main wage earner in the family and that’s what happened,” Scholl’s defense attorney Larry Kansky said.

However, prosecutors said if it were a cry for help, Scholl would have told her mom where she was that night. Evidence shown in court during her trial showed her mom texting, “Where are you?” Scholl did not answer.

“Despite all the excuses that we even heard today at sentencing, the jury didn’t believe the excuses, the prosecution didn’t believe the excuses, and now the judge made it clear, he didn’t believe the excuses,” First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said.

Scholl’s defense attorney said he plans on appealing this sentence.

Back in June, Scholl stood trial on two counts of attempted homicide, but jurors could not reach a verdict.


  • warningfakenews

    Women are about twice as likely to attempt suicide as men, but men are about twice as likely as women to succeed at it when they do it.

    It’s a “fun fact”. She’ll likely be fought over by the “man types” where she’s going.

  • finger

    Physically lifted and put her kids in a closed area with carbon monoxide? Not a cry for help, more like a hit against the kids’ father as we’ve seen before when these girls drive their cars into rivers and oceans after not getting their way in court. Forgive me for making some basic assumptions as the actual facts are not reported here.

  • Lance

    Good! You want to take your own life ok but don’t try to kill innocent lives because you are a a-hole. Rot in prison!

  • The voice of innocent children almost gassed by mom

    Nice. Now take your comeuppance and dance to the jailhouse rock! Finally some sweet and savory justice. BOOOOHYEAHHH! oh OH. Sha-ZAAAAM!

  • Outrageous!

    Horrible! Horrible! Shame on you DA for prosecuting this! After going to prison for years, she will want to come out AND BE a murderer. Poor girl, my heart aches for her.

    • Lance

      She tried to kill her kids. She is a murderer! Don’t feel sorry for her. She knew damn well what she was doing.

    • James Holden

      Because attempted homicide is still a crime, and a crime against children is especially heinous. I have no doubt that if the perpetrator were male, you would have no problem throwing the book at him; but being woman you feel that the punishment needs to be less?

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