July 30, 2013

Police: N.H. mom told kids bleach was 'medicine'

Charged with first-degree assault, 33-year-old Wendy Wright is accused of making her 6- and 7-year-old children drink bleach at their home on June 18.

The Associated Press

SEABROOK, N.H. — A Seabrook woman accused of pouring bleach down her children's throats told them it was medicine, according to police documents.

Police affidavits in the case of Wendy Wright, 33, were released Monday after she waived her right to a probable cause hearing, the Portsmouth Herald reported.

Charged with first-degree assault, Wright is accused of making her 6-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter drink bleach at their home on June 18. Police say the children spit most of it out and went to a neighbor's home for help.

The neighbor told police the girl "barged in" the back door and asked "if her and her brother can stay here for an hour while (their) mother is sick," the neighbor wrote in a statement to police. "(The) girl said the mother (took) medicine and (the) mother made (the) boy and girl take medicine, too."

Wright, who also drank bleach, was found unconscious. Police say that after she regained consciousness, she said she was trying to kill herself and her children.

"I don't want to live. I really love my kids but I wanted to save them from everyone else," Seabrook officer Keith Dietenhofer said he overheard Wright tell emergency personnel.

Wright's lawyer has said his client was suffering from untreated or undiagnosed mental illness.

The case now moves to Rockingham County Superior Court, where a grand jury will decide whether to issue indictments.

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