- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A competency evaluation has been ordered for the suspect in the death of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found inside a backpack in a central Ohio creek.

Kurt Flood of Columbus pleaded not guilty to charges including murder, evidence tampering and corpse abuse.

A judge ordered last week that the 25-year-old Flood be examined by a psychiatrist in jail to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. The prosecutor’s office said his trial scheduled Wednesday was expected to be delayed.

Prosecutors say Flood thought 1-year-old Cameron Beckford had demons and beat him to get rid of them.

Flood was charged after Cameron’s mother pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and agreed to cooperate. She had stayed with Flood at a home near where Cameron’s body was found on New Year’s Eve.


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