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Psych eval sealed for woman accused of punching baby

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There's progress to report on defendant Yu Hua Han, the woman accused of punching a 10-month-old baby in the face earlier this year. Fred and Alyssa Esser were in the stands today to get the latest on their daughter's alleged assailant.

Fred said, "We just want to make sure this doesn't happen again."

On New Year's Day Han allegedly punched infant Alexya Esser in the face before running away. The incident was caught on mall surveillance footage and shared on KUAM's social media sites, leading to Han's arrest. Han then took the insanity plea to the charges of aggravated assault and child abuse and as a result, court ordered to undergo a psych evaluation.

Today, it appears that evaluation is complete, but at the request of defense attorney Public Defender William Jones, will be under seal. When Judge Michael Bordallo asked from whom it would be sealed, Jones replied, "To seal it from public review, Your Honor. The motion itself doesn't seal it from the government due to the fact that it's personal medical information of my client by the forensic psychiatrist. And if this case matter were to go to trial, it would prevent any bias at the potential jury pool. So we would request the court seal it from public review."

While the government is given an opportunity to respond, Judge Michael Bordallo has protected the evaluation from outside review. "What I'll do is I'll preliminarily seal it at this time," he announced, "and then you filed your motion, we'll give the government an opportunity to respond to it. And then we'll go from there."

The Essers are grateful to see their case garner momentum. "It's such a hard position to be in," said Fred. It's such a marathon. We again want to thank the community - we would've liked to see the evaluation but we understand how the laws work and we're just happy to see progress being made."

This wouldn't be the first time Han has taken the insanity plea. Back in 2009 she allegedly stabbed a baby girl and the baby's father. This case appears to have been expunged as the court could not provide the related documents. The victim's family tells KUAM News that Han was found unfit to stand trial due to paranoid schizophrenia.

Fast forward to today, Han was originally only charged with misdemeanors but as a result of the community's response and the attorney general's review, charges were upgraded to felonies. Alyssa said, "I'm glad that they did upgrade it from a misdemeanor to a felony and hopefully that will keep her from getting out again and hurt another child. We understand it would only be a couple of years if she were to go to prison but then maybe they can mandate she receives treatment in the future."

Meanwhile, mother and father are proud to report "Baby Lexy" recently celebrated her first birthday.

"She's wonderful," said Alyssa. "She's a happy, sweet, lovable little girl. She's walking and running." Fred added, "She can say daddy now."

Han's next court appearance is scheduled for April 9.

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