BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan mother charged with attempted murder in the carbon monoxide poisoning of her autistic 14-year-old daughter will get a competency evaluation.
Defense lawyer Brian Johnson tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle the review for Kelli Stapleton by the state forensic center likely will take weeks.
Johnson says a hearing that was scheduled for Thursday in Benzie County District Court in Beulah was cancelled after prosecutors agreed to not contest the need for an evaluation.
Stapleton and her daughter, Isabelle, were found unconscious Sept. 3 in the family's van in Blaine Township in what authorities described as an attempted murder-suicide.
The family lives in Elberta, west of Traverse City. Kelli Stapleton had chronicled in an online blog the challenges her family faced caring for Isabelle who has severe autism.
Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle
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