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Mom in court on charges of trying to kill daughter, cat

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A woman charged with trying to kill her child and pet made her first appearance in court today. Jeannie Marvel is charged with attempted first-degree murder and felonious cruelty to animals after she allegedly poisoned her nine-year-old daughter and cat.

The judge granted Marvel a court-appointed attorney.

Friends watched in the audience, shaking their heads and saying about the claim against her, "It's not true."

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Jeannie Marvel

I have known Jeannie for over 20 years. She is the most loving mother there could ever be. IF she did this, something must have snapped in her. NO one ever really knows what is going on in someone's mind. While the crime is horrendous, try to put yourself in Jeannie's shoes and figure out what could have caused this to happen.

2 yr old missing for 7 hours

From the start this sounded "a little fishy". Firstly what Mother would allow a 2yr old who is 24 inches tall to "follow her to the car"??? Common sense would dictate that a Mother would carry the baby!!! Did common sense fly out the window? When they were handing out brains, this woman probably thought they said pains and said "I don't want any"!!! I just hope that they DO NOT RETURN THIS BABY TO IT'S FAMILY. GIVE IT SOMEONE WHO WILL LOVE HIM.