New bail terms for Seabrook mother charged with dosing her children with bleachBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
August 15. 2013 12:13PM
BRENTWOOD – A Seabrook mother charged with making her children drink bleach has been given new bail conditions that for now remain undisclosed.
The bail change came after a public defender for Wendy Wright, 33, briefly appeared before a judge on Thursday morning in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Wright has been held on $200,000 bail since her arrest on charges that she forced her 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to drink bleach on June 18. She faces two counts of first-degree assault.
Her public defender, Tony Naro, said at a prior court hearing that his client has been dealing with either untreated or undiagnosed mental health issues.
Rockingham County Attorney James Reams said on Thursday that his office is expecting to receive an order from Judge Marguerite Wageling addressing Wright's change in bail.
"Any condition dealing with mental health issues will be sealed for the time being," Reams said.
Reams said he expects that a portion of the court order will be made public once it is issued, and that another portion will remain under court seal.
He said that Wright is entitled to personal recognizance bail under state law, but his office wanted to argue for certain safety measures in case Wright is freed.
"Due to the nature of the injuries of the children, we have taken the position that they need to be protected," Reams said. "That is our goal."
He said that his office has not ruled out upgrading charges against Wright.
"I think we will probably want to see whether there are legitimate mental health issues before we make any decisions on that," he said.
Wright allegedly told her children that they were drinking "medicine" before her daughter fled to a neighbor that called Seabrook police. She also ingested bleach herself and later told police that she wanted end her own life and "save" her children, according to police.
Wright underwent mental health treatment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for three weeks after police were called to her home, according to Naro.