Courtesy of the Huffington Post
A Maine judge has ruled that 11-year-old Kelli Murphy, who is charged with the death of infant Brooklyn Foss- Greenaway, remains incompetent to stand trial.
The Fairfield girl’s detention and conditions of release are unchanged, pending further discussion of her ability to stand trial, Judge Charles LaVerdiere said Friday.
LaVerdiere said there is a substantial probability the girl will be competent to stand trial in the foreseeable future, the Morning Sentinel reported.
Murphy is charged with manslaughter in the July 8 death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway. The infant was staying overnight at the home of her babysitter Amanda Huard. Huard is also the mother of Murphy.
The infant’s mother was told the baby died from suffocation and had trace amounts of a medication that she had taken into her system. The medication found in the infant’s system matched that which Murphy was taking at the time. Murphy was also the only person in the bedroom with the infant at the time of her death.
Murphy was charged last summer at age 10 with juvenile manslaughter. A judge had ruled in March that she was incompetent to stand trial.
The state forensic examiners will check on her competency again in six months, LaVerdiere said.
Murphy’s lawyer could not be reached for comment on Saturday. A phone message left at his office was not immediately returned.
Eleven-year-old Murphy is the youngest person in Maine to be charged with manslaughter in at least 25 years.
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