YORK, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania woman has been deemed competent to stand trial on murder charges in the death of her 2-month-old son.
Thirty-one-year-old Heather Almoney of York is charged in York County with first- and third-degree murder in the November 2011 death of Eric Clapper Jr.
Prosecutors allege that the child died of lack of food and water. Defense attorneys argued that the child's parents had mental disabilities.
Two psychiatrists agreed that Almoney understood the charges against her and could assist in her defense.
Defense attorney Clarence Allen asked Tuesday for time before trial to look into whether the child's "special needs" contributed to his death.
In April, prosecutors dismissed murder charges against 33-year-old Eric Clapper Sr. and added an involuntary manslaughter charge after a competency hearing.
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