Beulah — A northern Michigan mother charged with attempted murder in the carbon monoxide poisoning of her autistic 14-year-old daughter will get a competency evaluation.
A hearing was scheduled Thursday for Kelli Stapleton in Benzie County District Court in Beulah. Defense lawyer Brian Johnson tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle, www.record-eagle.com, that it was canceled after prosecutors agreed to not contest the need for an evaluation.
Johnson says the evaluation will review whether Stapleton is fit to stand trial
Stapleton and her daughter, Isabelle, were found unconscious Sept. 3 in the family’s van in Blaine Township in what authorities described as an attempted murder-suicide.
The family lives in Elberta, west of Traverse City. Kelli Stapleton had chronicled in an online blog the challenges her family faced caring for Isabelle who has severe autism.