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A New Hampshire woman and her boyfriend were in jail yesterday on charges they forced their way into a Rochester church in a bizarre attempt to sacrifice her three children on the altar.
“Eighteen years I’ve been doing this,” police Lt. Paul Callaghan said yesterday, “and I’ve never come across anything like it.”
Police received a 911 call shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday from the staff at St. Mary’s Church on Lowell Street, where Nicole Mancini, 29, of Farmington and John Thurber, 35, of Rochester took the three boys, Callaghan said.
Mancini and the two youngest, ages 2 and 7, were in their pajamas, he said, and she was “kind of delusional… The church staff told us she wanted to sacrifice the middle child by 3 o’clock.”
Detectives later found out the couple ultimately planned to sacrifice all three children, and already had gone to a Farmington church with that intent but had been unable to get in, Callaghan said.
No weapon was found, he said, and police are investigating the motive.
The three children were turned over to the Department of Children, Youth and Families, and remained in state custody yesterday. The couple were arrested without incident, and each was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Thurber, the 2-year-old’s father, also was charged with marijuana possession.