Judge Says Kidnapping Suspect is Mentally Competent for Trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/26/07

Judge Says Kidnapping Suspect is Mentally Competent for Trial

Source: Curry Co. Detention Center Source: Curry Co. Detention Center

A federal judge ruled Thursday that the woman charged with abducting a days-old newborn girl from a Lubbock hospital is competent to stand trial.

Rayshaun Parson, 21, allegedly slipped into the hospital maternity ward wearing medical scrubs and abducted Mychael Darthard-Dawodu on March 10, 2007. The baby was found the next day in Clovis, New Mexico, where Parson lived. Parson has remained in federal custody since her arrest.

In April, Parson pleaded not guilty to kidnapping.

U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings has issued a gag order in the case, and has sealed the report on Parson's mental evaluation. Her trial is set for August 20, 2007.

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