BRENTWOOD — A lawyer for a Seabrook mother charged with trying to kill her two children wants a judge to throw out statements she made to detectives, arguing that she had been off anti-psychotic medication for at least a week at the time she was interviewed.
Wendy Wright, 34, is expected to go on trial later this year on charges of attempted murder and first-degree assault for allegedly feeding bleach to her 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son last June 18.
Public Defender Anthony Naro argued that his client did not have the mental capacity to waive her Miranda rights and agree to speak with police detectives.
Naro argued that detectives should have consulted with medical personnel about Wright’s mental state prior to questioning her last June 27.
“During the interview, a registered nurse was present,” Naro said in court papers. “It appears no other medical personnel, such as her treating physican or psychiatrist was present for any part of the interrogation.”
Afterward, Wright’s mother was concerned that her daughter spoke with police because “she felt that her daughter did not have her ‘baseline judgment’ and as recently as the day prior to speaking with police stated that she did not believe she was her real mother,” according to Naro.
Wright allegedly instructed her two children to drink the bleach, telling them it was medicine.
Medical personnel were called to Wright’s home after one of the children ran to a neighbor’s house. Wright allegedly said at the time she wanted to “save” her children.
Naro said the police interrogation happened when his client was in a “fragile state of mind.”
“She was constantly tearful, experienced racing thoughts and other symptoms of her mental illness,” he said in court papers. Wright was eventually admitted to a psychiatric unit at a Boston hospital and required to undergo electroconvulsive therapy, Naro said.
Prosecutors have yet to respond to the argument. A judge expects to hold a hearing on the matter July 23.