- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A judge has ruled that a western Pennsylvania woman is now mentally fit to stand trial in the drowning deaths of her two young sons in a bathtub more than a year ago.

Forty-one-year-old Laurel Schlemmer of McCandless Township is charged in Allegheny County in the April 2014 deaths of 3-year-old Luke and 6-year-old Daniel.

Police allege that Schlemmer told them “crazy voices” urged her to kill the boys after their older brother left for school. Hearings were postponed after a jail psychiatrist testified that Schlemmer was psychotic, depressed and suicidal.

Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Manning ruled Monday that Schlemmer is competent for trial following mental health treatment at Torrance State Hospital. Defense attorney Michael Machen agreed with the assessment but declined comment, citing a gag order in the case.


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