Oct 27, 2016 10:53 AM
Candia mom charged with attempted murder of daughter to get bed in psychiatric hospital
CANDIA — A Candia mother facing attempted murder charges after allegedly holding a loaded gun to her 12-year-old daughter's head and later firing at her as she tried to escape is expected to transfer to the state's psychiatric hospital.
Deborah Deslongchamps, 45, remained in jail following a standoff with police and SWAT after no rooms were available at the New Hampshire State Hospital, a psychiatric facility. Since then a room has become available and Deslongchamps is expected transfer to the hospital, Candia police prosecutor Michael DiCroce told the Union Leader.
The transfer was expected after Deslongchamps waived a probably cause hearing Wednesday, but at this time she has not been transferred yet.
The standoff occurred on Oct. 18 with Deslongchamps who was said to be distraught.
Deslongchamps reportedly fired a handgun, while not allowing her daughter to leave the home, police said. The daughter was able to escape through a side door and came out unharmed.
Not long after, a second shot was fired with one of the projectiles hitting the side door that the daughter ran out from, officials said.
Prosecutors on Oct. 20 brought new felony charges against Deslongchamps, who was held on $250,000 cash bail waiting for a room at the psychiatric hospital.
The charges accuse Deslongchamps of attempting to commit first-degree murder by holding the firearm to her daughter’s head at one point and firing toward her inside their Candia home after the daughter escaped from the house.
Deslongchamps is charged with two counts of attempted murder, first-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, false imprisonment and reckless conduct.
The incident stemmed from Deslongchamps’ ongoing mental health issues, according to DiCroe.