Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mother Killed Five Newborns, Hid Remains In Her Closet

Associated Press – A woman charged with killing five newborns after hidden pregnancies — and keeping their remains in a locked closet — may seek to be found incompetent to stand trial.

Michele Kalina’s public defender raised mental-health issues in court Thursday, delaying the scheduled plea and sentencing of the Reading home-health aide.

Berks County Judge Linda K.M. Ludgate will pursue independent psychiatric testing before ruling on the competency issue. No new court date has been set, and a gag order prevents lawyers from discussing the homicide case.

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