- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The criminal case of a woman accused of kicking her 9-year-old son to death is on hold so her mental competency to stand trial can be evaluated.

Synthia Varela-Casaus faces charges stemming from the December 2013 death of Omaree Varela. She has pleaded not guilty.

An order signed May 29 by District Judge Brett Loveless says the case has been paused because the sides agreed there’s a question of whether Varela-Casaus is competent to stand trial.

Varela-Casaus has been jailed since December 2013. One of Varela-Casaus’ attorneys says she’ll be evaluated at the State Mental Hospital in Las Vegas.

If found incompetent to stand trial and also found to be dangerous, Varelas-Casaus could be committed until she becomes competent to stand trial.

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