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Woman accused of assaulting child now facing wiretap charges

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

September 23. 2018 8:21PM

BRITTNEY BELLINO 



NASHUA — A city woman previously accused of assaulting a 3-year-old girl is now facing felony wiretap charges in connection with the case.

A Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury has indicted Brittney Bellino, 25, of 92.5 Tolles St., with a charge of wiretapping and a charge of conspiracy to wiretapping.

According to court records, Bellino, along with Zachary Madison, 19, of Nashua, “recorded a conversation with D.M. without his knowledge or permission, engaging (him) in a conversation about a pending prosecution of Ms. Bellino.”

That Feb. 1, 2017 recording was then given to Bellino’s attorney to use as part of her defense in the assault case, says the new indictments.

According to court records, however, the second-degree assault charge was ultimately dropped in June 2017 as part of a plea agreement; the conditions of the plea agreement required that the recording be handed over to authorities. Now, Bellino and Madison are both facing 3 ½ to 7 years in prison for each of the wiretapping charges, if convicted. Although Bellino previously reached a plea deal in the assault case involving the girl, which ultimately led to a charge of second-degree assault to be dropped, police said earlier that Bellino had rubbed and struck the child’s face on a cement basement floor.The alleged incident caused abrasions to the child’s forehead and bruising on the nose, police said. The victim, who was 3 at the time, is not related to Bellino.

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