It turns out Lashanda Armstrong had nothing to do with the fact that her 10-year-old survived her murder/suicide mission the other day.
The little boy, LaShaun, just revealed details about the last few moments with his mom and his baby brothers and sisters.
The unhinged mother who drove her minivan off a Newburgh dock and into the Hudson River told her four children that she wasn’t leaving this world alone.
“If I’m going to die, you’re going to die with me,” Lashanda Armstrong told the children before the vehicle sank to the bottom of the river just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the only surviving child told authorities.
Armstrong’s 10-year-old son, Lashaun, escaped the doomed family minivan – opening a power window and swimming to safety in the two minutes it took for the vehicle to sink.
But as he wriggled out of the window, his mother snatched his pants leg. “I made a mistake,” she said before finally releasing the boy, the child told authorities.
After swimming to shore, the dripping-wet Lashaun made it to the road, where he was picked up by Meave Ryan, a good Samaritan who took the boy to a nearby firehouse.
“He was waving his hands, screaming ‘Help me!'” said Ryan, 31. “He said, ‘My mommy just drove the car into the water.'”
Shivering and barely able to speak, little Lashaun told firefighters how his mother had launched the van into the river with his siblings inside and how, just moments before, she dialed her dad for help, the kids screaming in the background.
“I’m sorry, I’m going to do something crazy,” Armstrong said, according to the boy’s story.
That prompted a 911 call that brought police to her Newburgh home, but it was too late.
Police wouldn’t confirm details of the domestic dispute that preceded the murder-suicide inside the tan van, but neighbors said Armstrong and longtime boyfriend Jean Pierre were frequent fighters in their second-floor home.
The boyfriend/baby daddy, who was the father of three of Armstrong’s four kids, was so trife that he was cheating with a neighbor for three months while Lashanda was pregnant with their youngest.
So the kids suffered behind their father’s dirt dog ways and their mom’s refusal to walk away from a fawked up relationship. We really didn’t think this story could have gotten any sadder.