This is the kind of news that sends chills up your spine. It is hard to wrap your head around this type of senselessness. Tragedy struck the tiny town of Newburgh, New York in a big way last night.

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Newburgh is by socioeconomic indicators a poor town, with a very high crime rate. However when a mother drove her minivan with 4 children off a boat launch into the Hudson River with the sole intent of killing herself and them, no town is prepared to cope with something this cold, heartless and calculated. 1 child, a 10 year old boy managed to get out and report the horrific incident to the authorities. The full story from Reuters.