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Utah mother incompetent for trial in child’s death

- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A judge says a northern Utah woman is not competent to stand trial on charges of murder in the death of her disabled 2-year-old son.

The Herald Journal reports ( ) that Heidi Rutchey had to be removed from a courtroom Monday after screaming she would be killed inside jail and claiming she had information for the FBI on the Palestine Liberation Organization.

That was before her case came up for discussion. When Rutchey was allowed to return, she objected to the judge's ruling and insisted she was mentally competent.

Rutchey was sent to the Utah State Hospital, where doctors will try to restore her competency.

Court records show the 42-year-old woman tried to kill herself with pills and told staffers at a Logan hospital she was a "baby killer" who had suffocated her son in a bathtub.


Information from: The Herald Journal,

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