Mother of thrown baby evaluated for mental competence

Baltimore County woman says she did not know she was pregnant

August 04, 2010|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

The young woman believed to have tossed her newborn baby from a second-story window is being evaluated for mental competence at a state institution, Baltimore County police said Tuesday.

Rebecca Diane Himes, 21, who maintained that she had not known she was pregnant before delivering the child, will be taken into police custody as soon as she is released from the institution, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a spokesman for the department.

She was charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder, child abuse and reckless endangerment in connection with the July 22 incident at her home on Virginia Avenue in Reisterstown. However, defendants who are found not to be competent are often spared criminal prosecution, or can use the results of the evaluation to claim in court that they were not criminally responsible for their actions.

Hill said he did not know when Himes might be discharged from the institution, which he would not identify but which is likely the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, where evaluations of defendants in criminal cases are usually performed.

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