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KCK mother accused of trying to murder her children makes first court appearance

Updated: 2013-04-05T23:50:05Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star

A 23-year-old mother accused of holding her two children under water in an attempt to kill them appeared Friday via videoconference before a judge in Wyandotte County District Court.

Johnna Green showed little emotion as the judge spoke to her. Green said few words, only “Yes, sir” when addressed by the judge and “Thanks” at the end of the brief appearance.

Green, of Kansas City, Kan., faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Prosecutors allege that she held her 1- and 4-year-old daughters under water until they were unresponsive Tuesday evening. She then called 911.

Green’s attorney, John DeMarco, waived the reading of the charges.

Her bond remains at $1 million. A docket hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning, but if Green remains in custody, she will not be making a court appearance.

“These cases oftentimes have more to them than what they appear,” said DeMarco, who along with Paul Morrison has been hired to represent Green. “We are just making sure she gets a fair trial and a fair shake.”

Morrison met with Green on Thursday, DeMarco said. They were hired by her family.

A court official said Green appeared via videoconference because she was being held on suicide watch. DeMarco declined to comment about her mental state or demeanor.

The two girls, identified by authorities only as J.T., the younger one, and J.G., remained hospitalized Friday. Their conditions were not immediately available.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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