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Feb 16, 2017 5:32 PM

Court documents: NH mom accused of stabbing little girl battling mental health issues

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MANCHESTER — A Manchester mother was arrested after police said she stabbed her 16-month-old daughter in the back, causing serious injury.

Evansgina Audy's husband woke up to a bleeding toddler and a despondent wife, and police said he soon realized what had happened. He contacted police at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.

First responding officers spoke with Audy and her husband, while firefighters and paramedics treated the child. A knife was located on scene and placed into evidence.

"It kinda pulls at the heart strings when you realize it's a 16-month-old," said Lt. Brian O'Keefe.

The child was transported to Elliot Hospital for a serious, but not life-threatening, injury to her back.

Audy initially told police she dropped the knife on her daughter after seeing shadows. She then said she woke up to the baby crying "took the knife from under her pillow, and saw the shadow move around while (the girl) was sleeping in her crib."

Audy was taken into custody and charged with second degree assault and preventative detention.

According to court paperwork, her husband told police she had recently been prescribed four new medications for mental health. She also had two involuntary emergency admissions within the last 10 months. It's unclear whether mental illness played a role in the stabbing.

Audy is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on Friday.

The Executive Director for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) did not comment specificially on the case but said the best care for someone with mental illness is a plan that includes loved ones.

He stressed that confidentiality and HIPAA rules only apply to providers, so a person who is concerned can contact their provider and give information that may be helpful to treatment. The provider will not give details about treatment or answer questions about the individuals case.

"(Confidentiality) doesn't prevent somebody who know that their loved one is in treatment from calling up and saing I'd like you to know this information or hypothetically if you were seeing my whoever you should know this is going on," said Ken Norton.

Information on NAMI can be found here.

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate care call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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