Judge: Reading teen accused of killing sister competent to stand trial

Teen told police he heard voices

CINCINNATI -- A Reading teen accused of smothering his baby sister was ruled competent to stand trial during a hearing Wednesday in a Hamilton County juvenile courtroom.

Police said the 14-year-old suspect told them voices told him to smother the 2-month-old girl in late June.

He is charged with two counts of murder and felonious assault.

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During a previous hearing, the teen's defense attorney argued the boy receive mental health treatment but prosecutors expressed concern for the boy's security.

After hearing from both sides a judge ordered the teen be held until he received a professional evaluation.

On Wednesday, both prosecutors and defense attorneys did not contest the competency ruling from the doctor, who said the teen is competent to understand court proceedings but that the ruling does not necessarily reflect his overall mental state.

Judge John M. Williams ordered the teen to remain at 20-20 until his pre-trial on September 10.

According to a police report, the boy’s mother found the girl on a bed not breathing and called 911.

The teen was arrested 17 days later and charged with murder and assault.

Hamilton County Job and Family Services has also launched an investigation into why the teen had not been on their radar earlier.

WCPO Digital reporters Jessica Noll and Kareem Elgazzar attended the hearing Wednesday.


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