Autopsy: Mental illness 'most likely' a factor in deaths of woman, 2 children in Maryland


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HAGERSTOWN, Maryland — The medical examiner's office says a woman who died along with her two young daughters in a hot car last spring had a history of paranoia and most likely had some sort of "psychological break."

According to autopsy information obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, the mother, Allison Pluck, had told family members she was concerned people were following her, and that her older daughter, 18-month-old Shania Gill, was "seeing things."

The bodies of Pluck, Shania and 6-month-old Shameka Gill were found in the car late on the afternoon of June 16, when temperatures outside near 90. They were parked at a middle school parking, with the windows rolled up and the ignition off. Temperatures inside the vehicle reached about 120 degrees.

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