HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a man who allegedly drowned his 4-year-old daughter in a baptismal pool at a Healdsburg church is mentally unfit to stand trial.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2hQHMiY) a doctor’s evaluation found Gerardo Mendoza Ordaz mentally incompetent to proceed inside a Sonoma County courtroom.
Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Joe Langenbahn says the 42-year-old Mendoza Ordaz will return to court Jan. 11 to determine where he’ll be treated until he’s deemed fit to stand trial. He has been held without bail.
Officials say Mendoza Ordaz arrived at a police station Nov. 20 carrying his lifeless daughter, who was fully dressed and soaking wet. His 9-year-old son was with them and dressed only in shorts. Ordaz was naked.
Officials say Mendoza Ordaz is a laborer and farmworker who took work where he could. The girl’s mother is unemployed and pregnant, caring for three children, 9, 12, and 14.
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