Prosecutors say mother who allegedly forced children to drink bleach was mentally sound during police interviewBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
August 11. 2014 9:24PM
BRENTWOOD — Prosecutors are asking a judge to find that a Seabrook mother was mentally sound enough to waive her rights when she spoke to detectives about allegedly forcing her two children to drink bleach.
The decision about Wendy Wright could ultimately determine whether prosecutors can use her statements when she goes on trial for two counts of attempted murder.
Wright was hospitalized at Beth Israel Hospital for days following her arrest last June 18. She is accused of trying to kill her 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son by making them drink bleach then consuming some bleach herself.
A pair of Seabrook detectives questioned Wright while at the hospital last June 27 about her feeding children the bleach, according to prosecutors.
“The facts she provided to the police were consistent with what the children disclosed,” Assistant County Attorney Patricia Conway said in court papers.
Conway argued that Wright had participated in a “team” meeting with doctors the same day she was questioned without any problems. Wright discussed a plan about her mental health treatment with the doctors, according to Conway.
Public defender Anthony Naro wants a judge to throw out his client’s statements, claiming that Wright had been off anti-psychotic medications for a week prior to speaking with police.
Naro argued that Wright did not have a sound enough mental capacity to waive her Miranda rights.
“During the interview a registered nurse was present,” Naro said in court papers. “It appears no other medical personnel, such as her treating physician or psychiatrist was present for any part of the interrogation.”
A judge will ultimately decide whether the evidence can be used after a hearing. Wright could face up to life in state prison if she is convicted of attempted murder. Her trial is set to begin Sept. 19 in Rockingham County Superior Court.