The mother entered the courtroom Tuesday weighed down by a padded green smock that attorneys said is given to inmates held in the Sacramento County jail’s psychiatric unit.
That’s where she’s been since Saturday, when, officials said, she poured gasoline on her 7-year-old daughter and lit the girl on fire.
Porche Latrice Wright, 27, stood quiet and still as Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian read the charges against her – attempted murder, with premeditation, and aggravated mayhem. Davidian also noted that Wright had two outstanding issues of probation including settling a case of domestic violence against a spouse or cohabitant.
According to court records, Wright completed a “batterer’s treatment program” to settle a felony domestic violence charge from last year. She was scheduled to appear in court to provide proof that she had completed the program Monday, at which point she was back in jail.
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She was arrested at her home, a light blue duplex in the 600 block of El Camino Avenue, Saturday afternoon when a family friend called for help after seeing burn marks on Wright’s 7-year-old daughter.
The girl was taken immediately to a hospital, where she remained Tuesday. Though it was not immediately clear how badly burned the child was, a charge of aggravated mayhem indicates “extreme indifference to the physical or psychological well-being of another person, intentionally (causing) permanent disability or disfigurement of another human being,” according to California law.
The girl is expected to survive.
If convicted of the charges against her, Wright could face up to life in prison. She has been assigned a public defender.
Call The Bee’s Marissa Lang at (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Marissa_Jae.