TWENTYNINE PALMS — A woman who lives at base housing on board the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, is facing charges she tried to kill herself and her two daughters, age 6 and 9, by intentionally crashing her car.
Cindy Thao Vang, 31, pled not guilty to two charges of attempted murder and two charges of child abuse when she was arraigned in Judge Rod Cortez courthouse on Monday, Oct. 1.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Cortez’ courtroom in the Joshua Tree courthouse.
She was being held in West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $2 million bail.
The investigation which led to Vang’s arrest began at 7 a.m. Thursday when deputies from the Morongo Basin sheriff’s station responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding a nine-year-old who alleged her mother just tried to kill her and her six-year-old sister at their home at base housing on board the combat center.
Special Agents from Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) and investigators from the Marine Corps Criminal Investigative Division (CID) responded and assisted deputies in the investigation.
Deputies and assisting investigators were told Vang had left their home at about 6:30 a.m., then attempted to kill herself and her two daughters by intentionally crashing her vehicle near the 4000 block of Morongo Road in the unincorporated area of Twentynine Palms.
Vang and her six-year-old daughter were rendered unconscious during the crash and were transported via ambulance to a local area hospital for evaluation.
The six-year-old victim was discharged and released to her father.