BRENTWOOD — A Seabrook mother accused of force feeding bleach to her two young children was indicted on attempted murder charges, raising the possibility that she could spend the rest of her life in state prison.
Charges were upgraded against Wendy Wright, 33, by a Rockingham County grand jury earlier this month, according to prosecutors.
Wright was also indicted on two counts attempted first-degree assault for feeding bleach to her 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son on June 18. Wright allegedly told the children they were taking medicine.
Prosecutors allege that Wright instructed her children to drink the bleach, believing that she was taking “a substantial step” toward committing murder, indictments say.
She remains at the Rockingham County jail and will be scheduled for arraignment later this month in superior court to enter a formal plea on the new charges.
Seabrook police found Wright unconscious at her home June 18. Wright 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 allegedly told a police officer.
Defense lawyers have protested the seriousness of the charges, saying she has been suffering from undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues.
Last month, a judge altered Wright’s bail after conferring with the prosecution and the defense last month, but the results of that meeting remain unknown.
County Attorney James Reams said at the time that pleadings regarding Wright’s mental health issues would likely remain under court seal. Reams said in August his office would not rule out upgrading the charges from first-degree assault, after making their own determination about Wright’s mental state.
The first-degree assault charges are Class A felonies, punishable by up to 7½ to 15 years in state prison.