Portsmouth

This story was originally published on June 28th at 6:43 pm.

The Portsmouth Police Department has provided another update on the vehicle that was found in the Lawton Valley Reservoir in Portsmouth on Friday.

“On June 28, 2019 at approximately 3:00 pm the Portsmouth Police were called to the Lawton Valley Reservoir for a report of a vehicle that had become submerged in the water. Upon arrival it was determined that a 30-year-old female, identified as Amanda Nappi was operating a 2007 Toyota Highlander and had gained access to the reservoirs embankment. The vehicle then drove into the reservoirs waterway. Nappi, of Milford, Massachusetts was also accompanied by her three young children. At that time, all of the occupants were taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The children were later turned over to Massachusetts Department of Children and Families with the assistance of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families. Nappi was later release from the hospital and taken into custody on three counts of cruelty to or neglect of child. Nappi was arraigned by the justice of the Peace and processed at the Portsmouth Police Department. Nappi failed to post bail and was taken to the Women’s Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, RI”.


Original Story

Portsmouth Police release the following press release on Friday evening;

“On June 28, 2019 at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Portsmouth Police were called to the Lawton Valley Reservoir for a report of a vehicle that had become submerged in the water. Upon arrival it was determined that a 30 year old female was operating a 2007 Toyota Highlander and had gained access to the reservoirs embankment. The vehicle then drove into the reservoirs waterway. The 30-year old Milford, Massachusetts woman was also accompanied by three young children. All of the occupants were taken to a local hospital for treatment by the Portsmouth Fire Department. The Portsmouth Police Detective Division is currently investigating this incident”.

This story is developing, this story will be updated as more information is made available.

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