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UPDATED: Police say Seabrook mother told kids bleach was medicine

Union Leader Correspondent

July 29. 2013 7:48PM

SEABROOK— Two young children who were fed bleach told police how they were held down at the same time and forced to drink what they were told was "medicine" by their mother, according to an arrest warrant released Monday.

Wendy Wright, 33, of 15 True Road in Seabrook, also drank bleach herself on June 18 sometime before her 7-year-old daughter fled their home seeking help from a neighbor, Seabrook police Detective Daniel Lawrence said in a sworn affidavit.

Wright is charged with two counts of first-degree assault for allegedly making her 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son ingest bleach at their home on June 18.

An arrest warrant for Wright became public on Monday after she waived her probable cause hearing in 10th Circuit Court in Seabrook.

Wright was found unconscious at her home when medical personnel arrived, but later told a police officer that she wanted to end her own life and "save" her children.

"I don't want to live. I really love my kids but I wanted to save them from everyone else," Wright told a police officer who responded to her home, according to Lawrence.

A neighbor, Matthew Wooley, told police that Wright's daughter "barged in (the) back door asking if her and her brother can stay here for an hour while (their) mother is sick," Lawrence said in a sworn affidavit.

The girl told Wooley that her mother was "taking medicine" and made her and her brother ingest the medicine too, police said.

"I called the police when my wife and I smelled bleach, and the girl admitted her eyes burned (because her) mother made them take bleach," Wooley told police.

Medical personnel found Wright unconscious, but she later regained consciousness while at the home and proclaimed she wanted to end her own life.

Police Sergeant David Buccheri, who also responded to the home, said that "it was his initial assessment, that Wendy Wright's intention was to take her own life as well as her two small children that were present," Lawrence said.

Public defenders agreed to waive the probable cause hearing on Monday, but suggested in court documents that they could ask a judge to amend the conditions of Wright's bail at a future hearing in superior court.

Public defender Anthony Naro said at Wright's arraignment that his client was suffering from untreated or undiagnosed mental illness.

Wright underwent mental health treatment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for three weeks after police were called to her home, according to Naro.

Wright is being held on $200,000 cash bail at the Rockingham County jail. Her case now heads to Rockingham County Superior Court where a grand jury could return indictments against her.

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