Competency questioned of 11-year-old manslaughter suspect

7:37 AM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - A judge is holding a closed-door competency hearing for the youngest person to be charged with homicide in Maine in at least 30 years.

District Court Judge Charles LaVerdiere ruled that Friday's hearing to determine if the girl is competent to stand trial would be closed to the public.

The girl was charged last summer at age 10 with juvenile manslaughter in the death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, who was staying overnight in the girl's home in Fairfield. The girl's mother was babysitting and let the baby sleep in the girl's room.

The judge said the girl's right to privacy outweighed the public's right to information about her mental health. The girl is now 11.

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