Mother deemed incompetent to stand trial

Heidi Rutchey standing next to her attorney David Perry during her competency hearing.

LOGAN — A River Height’s mother, accused of killing her 2-year-old son, has been declared incompetent to stand trial. Heidi Marie Rutchey appeared in 1st District Court Monday, as Judge Thomas Willmore read the order.

While waiting for her case to be called, Rutchey was removed from the courtroom, ranting about “Palestine” and threats to her family.

As Rutchey was led back into the courtroom she continued to rant about wanting to speak to the F.B.I. She told Judge Willmore she knew what happened to her son Eli, who was killed, and that she was guilty.

As Judge Willmore read the mental evaluation from the Utah State Mental Hospital, Rutchey continued to interrupt, saying she was competent.

Judge Willmore demanded that Rutchey stop talking or be dismissed from the courtroom again.

Speaking to Rutchey, Judge Willmore said, “the order is you are incompetent to stand trial. They will take you to the Utah State Mental Hospital to see if they can restore competency and to include any medications whatsoever.”

After the hearing, Rutchey’s attorney David Perry said he didn’t know what she was talking about in regards to threats, Palistine, or the F.B.I.

“She was found to be not competent by two examiners,” said Perry. “Anything she had to say about that, you know it’s her state of mind.”

Rutchey was arrested on first-degree murder charges on October 24, 2013 in connection with the death of her son Eli.

Eli was found dead in his home by Cache County Sheriff’s deputies, September 4. Earlier that day, Heidi Rutchey was driven to Logan Regional Hospital for an undisclosed medical issue.

After the 42-year-old Rutchey was checked into the hospital, questions arose concerning Eli. Medical staff called police dispatch and requested a welfare check for the child at a River Heights apartment near 400 South 400 East.

Prior to her arrest, Heidi Rutchey had been at a Salt Lake area hospital undergoing evaluations.

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