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Ruling Expected Soon on Sanity of Grandmother

Ruling Expected Soon on Sanity of Grandmother

Posted - Dec. 16, 2004 at 7:50 a.m.



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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- A judge may soon rule if a Utah woman accused of drowning her granddaughter in the Snake River near Idaho Falls is fit to stand trial.

Mental evaluations have been completed for Kelly Jean Lodmell of Salt Lake City. Now, a judge is due to rule on the 40-year-old's sanity January third.

She's accused of kidnapping her 19-month-old granddaughter in Utah in June, driving to Idaho Falls, and jumping with the infant into the river.

Lodmell faces murder and kidnapping charges.

An employee at the U-S Attorney's Office in Utah has already said that doctors found Lodmell insane.

Still, Idaho officials have declined to comment on the outcome of the evaluations before next month's hearing.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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