Oct 20, 2016 12:33 PM
DERRY — A Candia mother faces 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.
The SWAT standoff that occurred on Tuesday involved Deborah Deslongchamps, 45, 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 Thursday brought new felony charges against Deslongchamps, who is held on $250,000 cash bail the Union Leader reported.
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 also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, false imprisonment and reckless conduct.
Police prosecutor Michael DiCroe, who believes the incident stems from Deslongchamps’ ongoing mental health issues, said Deslongchamps has been admitted to the New Hampshire State Hospital, a psychiatric facility, but there was no space immediately available. She is expected to be held in the Valley Street jail in Manchester until she can be sent to the state hospital.
Deslongchamps is due back in court for a probably cause hearing on Wednesday.
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