- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque mother accused in the 2013 beating death of her 9-year-old son has been found competent to stand trial.

A March 2 hearing is scheduled to set a trial date for Synthia Varela-Casaus.

She’s facing charges stemming from the December 2013 death of Omaree Varela.

An autopsy found the boy died from severe internal bleeding caused by blunt-force trauma.

Varela-Casaus’ case was put on hold earlier last year because both sides agreed there was a question of whether she was competent to stand trial.



Defendants must be able to understand the charges against them and assist in their own defense to be considered competent to stand trial.

The boy’s stepfather, Stephen Casaus, was convicted of child abuse in the case last November and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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