KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas City, Kan., mother who tried to drown her two young daughters in April 2013 will spend the next decade in prison.
Johnna Green, 24, appeared before a judge Friday morning in Wyandotte County.
The judge sentenced Green to two counts of 59 months for the attempted, intentional murder of her 4-year-old and 1-year-old daughters. That's a total of 9 years and 8 months in prison, plus 36 months of probation.
Green spoke just two sentences before being lead back to prison.
"I'm ready to move forward. I would like to express gratitude to the first responders for their work that day in saving my daughters," she said calmly.
On April 2, 2013 Green called 911 just before 6 p.m. to tell the emergency dispatcher she had killed her girls.
Green later admitted in Wyandotte County Court to holding both girls’ heads under water in a bath tub until they stopped breathing.
The first officer to arrive found both girls unconscious on the bathroom floor. He resuscitated them until emergency crews arrived. Both survived.
Green's attorney, Paul Morrison told 41 Action News Friday that Green is mentally unstable and feels immense grief for her actions that day.
"You've got a mom who is schizophrenic. She's delusional. In her twisted and contorted way of thinking, she thought she was doing her kids a favor. Then the question becomes how do we treat this person? How do we punish her?" Morrison explained.
The attorney added he's worked on behalf of a handful of mothers who have attempted to murder their children. He explained that often times the mother feels she cannot save her children and the only way to give them a better life is to kill them.
Morrison added that the girls are doing well, both physically and mentally, and are in the care of family members. The girls have different fathers, and both dads have been involved in the care of the girls since April 2013.
Morrison said Green is happy her children survived and expressed interest in seeing them -- if authorities permit -- once she is released from prison.
"Everybody in this case thought initially that one or both of those girls weren't going to make it. That aspect of this case is a miracle."