Mom ruled incompetent for trial in child killings

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Posted: Dec 13, 2012 2:30 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS- A mother accused of killing her 3-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter was ruled incompetent to stand trial Thursday by a New Orleans magistrate judge.

23-year-old Chelsea Thornton will remain in jail under medical treatment until space becomes available at a state mental hospital in East Feliciana Parish.

Thornton is charged with two counts first-degree murder, facing a possible death sentence if found guilty as charged.

The charges technically will proceed if the district attorney choses to present the case to the grand jury while Thornton is being treated.

Thornton's attorney, Lionel "Lon" Burns, said she would enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

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