Authorities say a juvenile has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in shocking events out of Madison, New Hampshire this past weekend. Officers responded to a call at around 6:40 Friday evening (2/15) to reportedly find Melissa Hatch dead. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds including deep wounds to the neck according to the autopsy’s Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Jennie V. Duval. Ms. Hatch was 42. Since the suspect is a juvenile, Police cannot give additional information about the individual that has been arrested at this time. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald’s office says the investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Marc Beaudoin at 603-223-8678.
The community of Madison and the surrounding area is rallying in response to this tragedy. Friends have started a GoFundMe account for Melissa, nicknamed ‘Missy,’ and the children she left behind. The account, which can be found HERE, features donations and posts from family, friends, and people who have just been generally moved by the story. Media outlet InfoNH reports that the family dog was also injured in the attack and may have been trying to help defend the victim. River, a long-hair chihuahua, presumably sustained injuries during the attack. Since then, she has been through surgery and is in recovery. Donations can be made for River’s medical bills at THIS GoFundMe page.