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Couple left seriously injured in attack

Bedford NH

Newly released documents give details of a violent attack in Bedford in which a couple was left fighting for their lives.

According to search warrant affidavits, Sonia Quesada told police she entered the laundry room of her 7 Proclamation Court home on Nov. 24, 2012, and was startled by a large man in a ski mask, who seemed surprised to see her too.

Quesada told police she was forced to the ground and sexually assaulted and told not to look at her husband, who was being assaulted nearby. Quesada escaped after the burglar went to the kitchen, according to the affidavits.

She ran to a neighbor’s house and pleaded for help, screaming about her baby. The documents show that Quesada believed that her husband, Dr. Eduardo Quesada, was dead, while the couple’s daughter was still in her crib upstairs.

The affidavit states that police didn’t enter the home until an hour and a half after they arrived. Investigators said they heard a young baby crying upstairs and discovered Eduardo Quesada lying face down in a large pool of blood. The baby was unharmed.

Eduardo Quesada was taken to Elliot Hospital with severe head and facial injuries.

Investigators located a screwdriver lying near his feet. Police noted that a basement window was forced open, with scrapes, marks and impressions left on the wooden frame.

Court documents show investigators got their first break in the case in January 2013. The Methuen Police Department contacted Bedford, saying a confidential informant had information about the case.

The informant led police to a suspect vehicle owned by a woman from Milford, N.H. The woman told police she loaned her SUV to her boyfriend, Charles Normil, to go out that night, and that Normil vacuumed and wiped down the car before returning it to her.

Normil was indicted in September on more than a dozen charges, including aggravated felonious sexual assault and attempted murder.

Sonia Quesada died in January. Her body was found in her mother-in-law’s home, and police said the death is not suspicious.