June 29, 2013

Judge rules 11-year-old not competent for trial

- Morning Sentinel 

SKOWHEGAN - A judge approved recommendations by state prosecutors this week that an 11-year-old Fairfield girl charged with manslaughter of an infant is not yet ready to stand trial.

There is a substantial probability that the girl, Kelli Murphy, will be competent to face the charge in the foreseeable future, said Judge Charles LaVerdiere in an order released Friday in Skowhegan District Court.

LaVerdiere said state forensic examiners will re-examine Murphy's competence in six months. In the meantime, court-ordered restrictions on where she is allowed to travel and whom she is allowed to visit will remain unchanged and no new court hearings on competence will be scheduled.

LaVerdiere ruled in March that Murphy was not competent at the time to face charges under the standard established by the Maine Juvenile Code, but could be in the future.

Murphy is charged with manslaughter in the July 8 death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway of Clinton, who died while staying overnight at the home of Amanda Huard, Murphy's mother.

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson said state forensics investigators have done two psychological examinations on Murphy, but he would not discuss the results.

Murphy is the youngest person in the state to be charged with manslaughter in at least 25 years, police have said.

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