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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:30 am

A Harker Heights woman was arrested Friday and charged with attempted injury to a child after she reportedly tried to commit suicide and kill her toddler daughter.

Rametria Barnes, 29, allegedly left her vehicle running in the garage with her young daughter in it, and left a handwritten suicide note that police discovered on the kitchen table.

Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Deer Field Way in Harker Heights after receiving a report of a suicidal individual. When they arrived, officers met with Barnes, who was carrying a small child and appeared to be acting strangely before returning into her home, according to her arrest affidavit.

Officers then spoke with a woman who said she received a picture message from Barnes of her and her children in the vehicle, which was parked in a garage. According to the affidavit, Barnes said she was going to kill herself and her two children.

When officers approached the closed garage, they reportedly heard a vehicle running, and they started banging on the door. Barnes opened the front door and led officers through the house and into the garage, where there was a large buildup of carbon dioxide as a result of the running vehicle. One of Barnes’ children was in the vehicle.

While officers were at the scene, Barnes’ husband arrived and said he had received a text message from Barnes stating she was going to kill herself and the children.

The handwritten suicide note gave instructions for the remains of Barnes and her children, and plans for the funeral.

Barnes was arraigned Saturday by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Cooke also arraigned:

Renita Shiday Shepler, 23, on a charge of assault on a public servant. Her bond was set at $100,000.

William Joseph Baker, 22, on a charge of hindering secured a creditor in an amount of $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000. His bond was set at $20,000. He was also arraigned on a charge of making a false report to a peace officer, and his bond was set at $5,000 for that offense.

Jesse Lee Jackson, 27, on a charge of possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds. His bond was set at $20,000.

In Copperas Cove, Coryell County Justice of the Peace John Guinn arraigned Carlos Augusto Bambaren, on Friday, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Guinn set his bond at $20,000.

Guinn arraigned Jeremy Lee Oakes, on Saturday, on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle. Guinn set his bond at $15,000, but he also received $5,000 in bail on related charges.

Guinn arraigned Tianah Loree Rainey, on Friday, on a charge of possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds in a drug free zone. Guinn set her bond at $10,000.

Area police reports indicated:

An assault by contact was reported at 4:29 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Kielman Drive in Copperas Cove.

A burglary of a habitation was reported at 2:40 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Myra Lou Avenue in Copperas Cove.

A criminal trespass was reported at 8:40 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Bridle Drive in Copperas Cove.

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