Busy schedule pushes back fourth insanity evaluation on mother charged with neglect of three-month-old

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A busy schedule has prevents doctors from performing a fourth insanity evaluation on the 30-year-old mother charged with neglect and battery of her daughter.
Kyrie Brenneman has seen split results from previous competency evaluations. Court documents say Goshen Hospital doctors contacted police in September when a baby was brought in with a brain bleeding.
The Goshen News says the three-month-old baby suffered a skull fracture, brain bleeding and seizures and was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Brenneman and her boyfriend reportedly told police that the child’s dad had been caring for the child when he accidentally dropped her head on the changing table. But, the boyfriend later told police that it was a lie that they had made up to prevent Brenneman from going to jail.
Brenneman eventually said she was the one who dropped the baby and that she shook her because she would not stop crying.
She said she put the baby in her crib, went to bed and did not check on the baby again until around 3 p.m. when there was blood found on the crib and changing table, believed to have come from the baby’s mouth. Brenneman’s competency hearing has been reset for April 11 when her pretiral conference is also scheduled. 

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Charles U Farley April 2, 2024 at 3:20 pm

“But suppose, as seemed more likely, that he was so crazy that he had never been aware that he was doing anything wrong? What then?
Well, we shoot mad dogs, don’t we?
Yes, but being crazy that way is a sickness —
I couldn’t see but two possibilities. Either he couldn’t be made well — in which case he was better dead for his own sake and for the safety of others — or he could be treated and made sane. In which case (it seemed to me) if he ever became sane enough for civilized society … and thought over what he had done while he was “sick” — what could be left for him but suicide? How could he live with himself?
And suppose he escaped before he was cured and did the same thing again? And maybe again? How do you explain that to bereaved parents? In view of his record?
I couldn’t see but one answer.”

-Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers


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