July 13, 1996 in Nation/World

Baby-Beating Trial Of Boy, 6, Put Off

Compiled From Wire Services

Criminal proceedings against a 6-year-old boy charged in the near-fatal beating of a baby were suspended Friday after a judge ruled the youth not competent to stand trial.

Declaring that juvenile justice proceedings were “not designed for 6-year-old kids,” Juvenile Referee Stephen K. Easton ruled the boy was not capable of helping in his defense against charges of assault with great bodily harm and trespass.

The case is now on schedule to be reviewed about every six months.

The 6-year-old will remain at a group home where his lawyer said he is doing well.

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