Authorities: Woman jumped with kids, killing 1

AP News
Posted: Oct 16, 2014 1:21 PM

LYMAN, N.H. (AP) — A 29-year-old New Hampshire woman was charged with murder and assault for jumping 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 expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on second-degree murder and first-degree assault counts.

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.

Welch did not yet have a lawyer and there was no phone listing for her.

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 also 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.