'Great mom killed daughter, 15, after psychiatric hospital released her'

A ‘great mom’ shot her 15 year-old daughter dead and wounded her seven year-old son after two fortnight-long stays at a psychiatric hospital, a court heard.

Naomi Bell, 43, had both of the extended stays earlier this year, with the teacher said to have murdered her daughter at her home in Plymouth, Connecticut, on Friday night.

Bell’s bail hearing was told Monday that the mom-of-three had enjoyed good mental health until earlier this year, when she began to suffer from psychiatric crises. The substitute teacher has no criminal record, with detectives now trying to unravel what led up to Friday’s shooting.

Bell is said to have critically wounded her seven year-old son at her family’s house, while her husband was also home. The couple’s third child was out at the time, and escaped unharmed.

Neighbor Victoria Nadolski told WFSB after: ‘They were a great family and she was a great mom.

‘I keep hoping it’s a nightmare and I’ll wake up and it won’t have happened.’

Bell’s lawyer Jassette Henry tried unsuccessfully to have the alleged killer’s bail lowered from $2.5million to $500,000 at Monday’s hearing after claiming that there was no risk of her fleeing.

Henry added: ‘She has strong family ties. Until a few months ago, she was a substitute teacher in one of the local school districts.’

No explanation was given as to why Bell was unemployed at the time of the shootings, the Hartford Courant reported.

If Bell manages to make bond, she must hand over any weapons or ammunition she owns, and has also been barred from contacting her spouse and two sons.

She watched Monday’s court hearing remotely, and is said to have invoked her right not to speak to detectives about the case against her.

Bell has been charged with first-degree murder as well as attempted first-degree murder, and is due back in court on January 12.

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