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Sacramento mom charged in daughter’s attack faces August hearing

Porche Wright is arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court in Sacramento on  April 30. She is accused of setting fire to her 7-year-old daughter.
Porche Wright is arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court in Sacramento on April 30. She is accused of setting fire to her 7-year-old daughter. rbenton@sacbee.com

Porche Latrice Wright will face an August preliminary hearing in Sacramento Superior Court months after she allegedly set her 7-year-old daughter on fire at their El Camino Avenue home in April.

Her daughter survived, but Wright, 27, was arrested and charged on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated mayhem connected to the April 4 incident at Wright’s duplex in the 600 block of El Camino Avenue.

Wright appeared Wednesday morning before Judge Ben Davidian who ordered her to appear for an Aug. 20 preliminary hearing where prosecutors will lay out their case for trial. Wright remains held without bail at Sacramento County jail.

Police at the time of Wright’s arrest could not say how the child was hurt, but said the girl’s injuries were consistent with being sprayed with a flammable liquid then set alight. A family friend called authorities after seeing burn marks on Wright’s daughter.

The incident also led to Wright’s rearrest on two previous domestic violence allegations of corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant from 2014, according to Sacramento County jail information.

Wright has a criminal history of domestic violence and had completed a treatment program for batterers to settle the 2014 domestic violence charge, according to court records. Court records also showed Wright had been scheduled to appear in court to show a judge she completed the program. The court date was two days after she was arrested in the April 4 case.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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