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Attempted Drowning?

Lansdowne woman under investigation after children found alone in bathtub; neighbors notified law enforcement after she jumped from home's second story.

Around 10:30 a.m. on April 21, neighbors on Red House Drive in Lansdowne heard a woman's scream.

In her backyard, a 30-year-old woman was frantic and bleeding. One neighbor, concerned for the woman's two young children, forced her way into the house by breaking a panel of glass adjacent to the front door.

It was then that a sheriff's deputy arrived, said Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell. The deputy forced his way into the locked master bathroom and found the woman's two children, a 4-year-old boy and a 19-month-old girl, alone in an empty bathtub. There was water on the floor.

"The 4-year-old was visibly upset," Troxell said. "The 19-month-old was sitting there."

The children were taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital and the woman to Inova Fairfax Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The children were released the following day to their father's care. He had been out of the country on business the day of the incident. A live-in nanny, who was on her day off, was in the house's basement during the ordeal.

The mother, whose name has not been released, is still at the hospital. She had apparently jumped from the second story of the home, resulting in her injuries.

On Tuesday night, the Sheriff's Office charged Isabel Sherr with attempted capital murder.

— Suzannah Evans