MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – A New Hampshire woman was arrested late Wednesday night after she allegedly stabbed her 16-month-old daughter.

Manchester Police say a man woke up to find the toddler bleeding and his wife “despondent” inside a Candia Road home.

The man realized the child had been stabbed, so he called police.

Officers discovered a knife in the home.

Evansgina Audy, 29, was arrested and charged her with second degree assault and preventative detention.

Prosecutors say Audy claimed she “saw a shadow and overreacted,” adding that she “dropped the knife on her daughter.”

Evansgina Audy appears by video arraignment. (WBZ-TV)

Evansgina Audy appears by video arraignment. (WBZ-TV)

The 16-month-old was taken to Elliot Hospital with a serious but non-life threatening injury to her back.

Audy will be held without bail until a hearing Friday morning.

The woman’s husband said Audy had recently been prescribed four new medications for mental health issues.

Audy’s husband said in recent weeks she went to the emergency room twice after attempting suicide.

Neighbors were startled to hear of the incident.

“I can’t even imagine that. It’s too close to home,” neighbor Sally Corner told WBZ-TV. “Sixteen months old, it’s scary. I feel for that baby, an innocent child.”


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