Mother found still incompetent to stand trial

Heidi Rutchey talks with her lawyer David Perry in 1st District Court on Nov. 21, 2013, in Logan, Utah. Rutchey who is charged with first degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, was granted a continuance so the defense could hire a private investigator. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal)

LOGAN — A 44-year-old River Heights mother remains in the Utah State Hospital, reportedly still incompetent to stand trial in the death of her two-year-old son over 28-months ago.

Defense attorney David Perry appeared in 1st District Court Monday for Heidi Marie Rutchey’s review hearing.

Perry said hospital doctors told him they should be able to restore Rutchey’s competency within the next two-to-three-months.

Rutchey has been hospitalized since being found incompetent on January 27, 2014. She was arrested on a first-degree murder charge October 24, 2013.

A month earlier, on September 4, Rutchey was driven to Logan Regional Hospital for an undisclosed medical issue. After she checked into the hospital, questions arose concerning her son Eli’s condition. Medical staff called police dispatch and requested a welfare check for the child at a River Heights apartment near 400 South 400 East. When Cache County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the location, they found the toddler dead inside.

During Monday’s review hearing, Judge Thomas Willmore scheduled another review hearing on April 25 to assess if Rutchey can then stand trial.

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