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Mom accused of attempting to kill children to be held in state hospital

Union Leader Correspondent

December 03. 2015 9:28PM


BRENTWOOD — A Seabrook mother who tried to kill her two children was ordered on Thursday to a five-year commitment at the state hospital.

Wendy Miller-Wright, 35, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity last Sept. 16 to two counts of attempted murder. She has spent the last year in the secure psychiatric unit at the state prison as part of her sentence.

Miller-Wright gave up her right to challenge a conclusion by the state’s forensic examiner as part of a plea deal struck with county prosecutors last year. That assessment concluded Miller-Wright poses a danger to herself and others.

Miller-Wright admitted force feeding bleach to her 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son at her home on June 18, 2013. Her daughter eventually fled to the home of a neighbor, who called 911.

The state’s finding about Miller-Wright’s mental condition has remained under court seal, but prosecutors have said in open court that her mental illnesses consist of major depression with periods of psychosis and possibly other disorders.

Miller-Wright’s public defender had asked for his client’s case to be reviewed, which prompted Thursday’s hearing.

Police affidavits say that Miller-Wright told her children that they were drinking “medicine” before she ingested some bleach herself. Miller-Wright later told police that she wanted to end her own life and “save” her children.

Miller-Wright was charged with two counts of attempted murder and faced up to life in prison prior to plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

New Hampshire law calls for those incarcerated at the state’s secure psychiatric unit to have their cases reviewed at least every five years by a superior court judge.

Based on state assessments and other evidence, the judge can then decide whether a person needs another five year commitment or can gain some or all of their freedom.

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