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Oct 16, 2014 3:48 PM

Lyman, NH, woman arrested, charged with killing of 4-month-old son


PLYMOUTH - A Lyman woman has charged with second degree murder in connection with the death of her four month old son. Patina Welch is accused of killing the infant as she exited a second story building through a window.

Welch is also facing charges for causing serious brain damage to her daughter, the boy's twin.

"So the charge is that she recklessly caused brain injuries which are serious bodily injuries to that child by going out a second story window with the child and dropping her on the ground," said Stacey Pawlik, Assistant Attorney General.

The state is now reviewing her mental wellness.

"As in every case it is something we take a look at and so we would be definitely be taking a look at the possibility for something like that in this case, said Pawlik.

Welch was arrested in Concord this morning and is due back in court on Oct. 26 for a probable cause hearing.

Welch is being held without bail at the Grafton County House of Corrections. The state is not commenting on the baby girls condition, and says the investigation continues.

"I think at this point the feeling is with the families and with the victims so our thoughts are with them but also strictly on the prosecution of the case," said Pawlik.


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