Manchester police: Mother stabbed baby daughter in back
MANCHESTER — A despondent 29-year-old mother is accused of stabbing her 16-month-old daughter in the back with a utility knife, leading to her arrest on second-degree assault charges, according to police.
Court documents show Evansgina Audy, of 1327 Candia Road, has struggled with mental health issues, including two involuntary hospitalizations in the past 10 months because of her suicidal behavior and deteriorating mental condition.
She was arrested Wednesday at her home shortly before midnight on charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
When officers arrived at her home, they found a lethargic, disoriented Audy still in her pajamas. “She did not seem fazed at all by what had just happened,” Officer Erik K. Slocum wrote in his affidavit in support of her arrest without a warrant.
Initially, she told police she didn’t know what happened. She said she woke up in bed and “I panicked.” She said she dropped the knife onto her daughter as she slept in her crib.
Asked to explain how she dropped it on the toddler, Slocum wrote, “she inappropriately smirked and chuckled.” She said, “Sorry,” and then stared off into the distance, Slocum wrote.
Later, she told Slocum she woke up and went downstairs to get her husband’s utility knife. Audy went back upstairs where, she said, she saw a shadow moving around her daughter and “That’s when I used it against, on my daughter.”
Her husband, William Audy, 28, called 911 after his wife woke him up to tell him she had just stabbed their daughter. The toddler had a one centimeter stab wound to her back. She was taken by ambulance to the Elliot Hospital for treatment of the injury police described as serious but not life-threatening.
William Audy took the knife from his wife and later turned it over to police.
When police booked Evansgina Audy, Slocum noted that she had three recent cuts to her right wrist. She said she had gone through some brush earlier in the day. Later, she admitted she had cut herself with a knife earlier in the day.
William Audy told investigators his wife was involuntary admitted to the hospital twice in the past 10 months because of her depression and suicidal actions. She recently had a miscarriage which “dramatically worsened her mental condition,” according to court documents.
On Feb. 2, she was prescribed four new medications for treatment of an unknown mental health condition, prosecuting police Lt. Stephen Reardon wrote.
On Thursday, a 9th Circuit Court - Manchester judge ordered Evansgina Audy held without bail pending a preventive detention hearing Friday morning. A probable cause hearing is set for March 3.