PLYMOUTH - A Terryville mother has pleaded not guilty to accusations that she shot two of her children, killing one and seriously wounding another.
Naomi Bell, 44, of 104 N. Main St., appeared Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court, where her case was marked down for a plea. According to judicial records, she pleaded not guilty to charges of murder under special circumstances and attempted murder under special circumstances.
The Terryville mother is being held on $2.5 million and is due back in court on Oct. 20 for a pretrial hearing.
Bell in January was scheduled to have a probable cause hearing, where it would be determined if there is sufficient evidence for the matter to go to trial. The day of the hearing, however, she waived her right to have the proceeding.
The charges Bell faces stem from the shooting of her 7-year-old son, who was critically injured, and her 15-year-old daughter, who was killed.
According to the police report, Bell’s husband was on his home on Nov. 14 when he called home and spoke to his teenage daughter. Police wrote in the report that he heard “horrible screaming” from the girl, but she wouldn’t say what was happening. After hearing the 7-year-old scream and still not getting an answer about what was happening, the father called police.
The father arrived home before police to find some blood in a bedroom, where his son was injured on the ground and his 15-year-old daughter appeared pale and lifeless. They had both suffered gunshot wounds.
The husband then took a gun away from his wife, telling police later he believed she was going to kill the children before killing herself, as she said she wanted to die, the report continued. The husband forced his wife out of the room and downstairs as officers arrived.
The teenage girl was taken to Waterbury Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The 7-year-old was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, in Waterbury, before being transferred to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, in Hartford.
Bell was taken to the Plymouth Police Department, where police said she admitted to shooting the two children during an interview with a state police detective.
The husband told police his wife had twice in the last year been in the hospital for psychiatric reasons. He also said her mental health started to deteriorate during the pandemic.
Bell had previously worked as a substitute teacher.
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