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Rogue River woman guilty of trying to kill child with carbon monoxide poisoning

Kyla Duncan pleaded guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder on Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 3:59 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 6:39 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A Rogue River woman accused of trying to take her own life and that of a child via carbon monoxide poisoning pleaded guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder on Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

49-year-old Kyla Kathleen Duncan was arrested in February of 2019 after someone called 911 to report that a woman was in her car with a young child, attempting to complete suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Both Duncan and the child were treated at the hospital after deputies tracked down Duncan's vehicle.

Duncan tried to kill them both twice in the space of two days, according to court documents.

A judge found Duncan unfit to proceed in March of last year, court documents reveal — sending her to Oregon State Hospital for evaluation. The outcome of that evaluation is sealed, but proceedings in the case resumed over the next several months. Two of Duncan's lawyers withdrew over the next year, citing a "breakdown of communication." 

Though she entered an initial plea of not guilty, Duncan opted to change her plea this month. She did so before a judge on Wednesday, pleading guilty to both counts of Attempted Murder.

Judge Lorenzio Mejia sentenced Duncan to 10 years in prison and three years on parole. 

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