Lawyer for mom jailed in son’s slaying requests mental check

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – An attorney is seeking a mental health exam for a Kentucky mother on the murder charge of the death of her 10-year-old son, whose body was found in the trunk of her car last month.

Kaitlin R. Higgins’ attorney, 28, asked a judge Tuesday to order a mental health exam to determine whether the defendant was eligible to stand trial, the Courier-Journal reported. Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry will be considering the motion next week, according to court records.

Louisville police were sent to Higgins’ home in late April after a caller reported seeing her with a gun and a dead boy in a blanket.

Officers found Higgins on a bloodstained porch before opening the trunk of the vehicle and finding the child’s body inside. Higgins told police she shot her son after trying to cut his tongue out.

Attorney Ashlea N. Hellman wrote in a lawsuit that Higgins “appears to have difficulty assessing the gravity of these allegations” and that she “has no rational understanding of the proceedings against them”.

Hellman added that Higgins sometimes “responded inappropriately” when discussing the case, including “casual laughter”. Higgins also allegedly said that “bad spirits” caused “certain actions in the house” and that a window was “cursed” there, according to Hellman.

Higgins is charged with murder, criminal abuse and manipulation of evidence. She is being held in Louisville Metro Corrections for a $ 500,000 bond.

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