Woman accused of trying to drown 2 children free on bond
By Bobby Bryant, Editor
After 71 days in jail, a Tennessee woman accused of trying to drown two children in a Darlington County pond is free on bonds totaling $322,000. Laura Ann Breault, 28, of Mosheim, Tenn., was released from the Darlington County jail July 27, jail records show. She would have had to post 10 percent of the total bonds — $32,000 in cash or assets. Breault faces six charges in the May 17 incident near I-20 and the Lamar Highway: Two counts of attempted murder ($80,000 bond each), two counts of neglect by a legal custodian ($80,000 bond each), one count of child endangerment by vehicle ($1,432 bond) and one count of DUI 0.10, first offense ($1,432 bond). Coincidentally, on July 8, the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office honored a Columbia man and a Timmonsville man for their roles in helping save the two children from what officials said was almost certain death. David Tafaoa of Columbia, a State Law Enforcement Division agent from Columbia, tried to pull over Breault when he saw her driving the wrong way on I-20, then followed her off the interstate to a convenience store. A Timmonsville man, Keith Sprinkle, was at the convenience store when Breault’s car “swerved” in. Two girls, 8 and 5, were in the car. Sprinkle said Breault grabbed one of the children and ran into nearby woods, while the other was left in the vehicle. “She was looking into the woods, yelling and screaming,” Sprinkle said in an interview. “I was like, ‘Baby, what’s wrong? What’s wrong with your mama?’ She was like, ‘My mama said we gotta die.’” Sprinkle found Breault trying to drag the other child into a shallow pond. He got the child away from Breault, who, Sprinkle said, “was swimming in that water like she was at Myrtle Beach.” The children reportedly are staying with other family members now.