, Salem, MA

September 12, 2013

Teacher charged with trying to kill Swampscott woman dating ex


---- — SWAMPSCOTT — A fourth-grade teacher from Swampscott has been charged with running down and trying to kill the woman her soon-to-be-ex-husband was dating.

Kimberly Ann English, 49, of Swampscott, a teacher at Lynn’s Ingalls School, is now being held without bail on a string of charges including armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the vehicle she allegedly used to strike Anna Champagne outside Champagne’s home on Magnolia Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, police and prosecutors said.

Police said the victim was struck while walking to her car, parked outside her home. She received a serious ankle injury and spent the night in the hospital.

Prosecutors say English was overheard telling her 8-year-old child, “I hope Anna dies.” Her estranged husband, Carl Schroder, has a restraining order barring her from contact with her children.

Police then went to English’s Hillside Avenue home, where they noted damage on her vehicle consistent with striking a person or another soft object, police and prosecutors said. English was arrested on charges that also include driving to endanger, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, violating a restraining order and speeding.

During her arraignment in Lynn District Court, English pleaded not guilty to the charges and was ordered held pending a hearing next Tuesday into whether her release poses a danger to the public.

About four hours before the crash, Swampscott police had received a call from English’s employer after she left for lunch and did not return. The police were asked to conduct a “well-being check,” according to the Swampscott police log.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis. Staff writer Neil H. Dempsey contributed to this report.