Plymouth mom accused of shooting children appears in court

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Plymouth woman charged in connection with shooting two of her children, one of them fatally, made her first court appearance Monday.

Naomi Bell said nothing as she was presented via video conference in New Britain Superior Court on Monday.

Bell was arrested Friday night at her home, where her 15-year-old daughter was found shot to death and her 7-year-old son was critically injured. Her husband and another child, who was not home at the time, were not injured, police said.

Bell was ordered held in lieu of $2.5 million bond on charges of murder with special circumstances and attempted murder with special circumstances. She is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on Jan. 12, 2021.

The charges involve special circumstances, which allow for enhanced penalties, because the victims were children. Bell could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

Bell’s attorney, public defender Jassette Henry, told the court that her client had twice been hospitalized recently after suffering psychotic episodes. She has no criminal record.

Henry said Bell worked for many years as a scientific researcher and had also been employed as a substitute teacher in central Connecticut.

“She was so sweet. She was a dog walking soccer mom,” neighbor Taylor Wells told reporters on Saturday.

Makeshift memorials of flowers, candles and stuffed animals appeared over the weekend on the Plymouth Green and in front of the Bell family’s home in the Terryville section part of town.

Bell’s daughter, Madeline, was remembered Sunday during an hourlong virtual prayer service streamed from the Terryville Congregational Church.

“We don’t know all the circumstances in this situation, but we do know that sometimes, people reach a breaking point,” the Rev. Denise Clapsaddle, of the First Congregational Church of Plymouth, said during that service.

©The Associated Press 2020

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