- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

LYMAN, N.H. (AP) - A 29-year-old woman was charged with murder and assault after authorities said she jumped out a second-story window over the summer with her 4-month-old twins, killing her son and severely injuring her daughter.

Patina Welch, of Lyman, was arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault and ordered held without bail.

Welch jumped out the window June 18 and landed on top of the boy, Assistant Attorney General Stacey Pawlik said Thursday. His twin sister is recovering.

Pawlik would not say if Welch was trying to kill herself. She did not release any other details.

In court, Welch was represented by public defender Adam Hescock. He declined to comment afterward.

Prosecutors say police received a 911 call from a couple in Lyman, a town of 550 people in northwest New Hampshire, reporting their son was in medical distress.

In June, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin identified the occupants of the home as Linda Tellier, Trevor McGuire and Welch. He said McGuire and Welch were the parents of the twins, who were not identified by the attorney general’s office.

A message left at the home seeking comment was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.


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