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Accused baby attacker pleads insanity

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - Yu Hua Han, the woman believed to be caught on mall surveillance footage punching a baby in the face earlier this month, appeared in court today where she pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

"Ms. Yu, for your information the people, the AG's Office, have filed an indictment against you. This a different charging instrument than what you originally appeared in court for," annou8nced Judge Alberto Tolentino. Although she was initially charged with only assault and child abuse both as misdemeanors, Yu appeared for her arraignment today before His Honor where her charges were upgraded to felonies. "When you first were brought into court, you were charged with a misdemeanor complaint. Since that time, the AG's Office has gotten an indictment from the grand jury charging you with more serious offenses," he explained.

The new charges now include:

- Two counts of aggravated assault as a third degree felony
- Two counts of assault as a misdemeanor
- Two counts of child abuse as a misdemeanor
- Two counts of child abuse as a third degree felony


Yu is believed to be the woman caught on mall surveillance footage punching 10-month-old Alexya Esser in the face on New Year's Day.

Within 24-hours after the family and KUAM News released the footage and photos of the incident on social media, Yu was identified and arrested.

Represented by Public Defender Eric Miller and with a Chinese interpreter by her side, Yu pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. "At this time Your Honor we will waive a reading of the indictment, enter a plea of not guilty by reason of mental illness, defect, or disease. Waive our right to a speedy trial," said Miller.

As a result, the court has ordered Yu to be evaluated by a psychologist or doctor within ten days of receipt of the order.

The upgraded charges also mean an increase in bail from $5,000 to $25,000.

Prior to this incident Yu stabbed a baby outside of Lonestar Restaurant several years ago. She also stabbed the baby's father as he was trying to stop the attack. According to the victim's family in this case, Yu was found unfit to stand trial and found not guilty by reason of insanity as she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Additionally Yu is accused of threatening former governor Felix Camacho, but that case was dismissed at the request of the Attorney General's Office at the time.

Yu's next court appearance for the alleged assault and child abuse case is a criminal trial setting on February 5th before Judge Michael Bordallo. 
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