Woman claims she threw 3 kids off Philly-NJ bridge

Says she could not feed them

Published August 10, 2010 12:41PM (EDT)

A Coast Guard official says crews are searching the Delaware River off Philadelphia after a woman called a hospital drug counselor and said she had thrown her baby and two young children from a bridge.

Petty Officer Michael Blake says the woman called St. Joseph's Hospital early Tuesday morning, saying she had thrown her kids off the Ben Franklin Bridge because she could not feed them. Blake says there is no way to verify if the report is true, but that the Coast Guard is treating it as legitimate.

Authorities are trying to locate the woman. The Coast Guard, plus police and firefighters from Philadelphia and Camden, N.J., are searching the river with boats and a helicopter.

The suspension bridge connects Philadelphia and New Jersey.

By Associated Press

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