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Woman whose baby missing ruled competent to stand trial

Associated Press

Lansing — A 25-year-old Lansing-area woman whose baby boy is missing and presumed dead has been found competent to stand trial in the 2013 death of her baby girl.

The Lansing State Journal says a psychologist at the state Center for Forensic Psychiatry, however, hasn’t given an opinion about 25-year-old Melissa Mitin’s mental state when prosecutors say she killed her newborn girl by putting her face down in a wastebasket.

An opinion regarding criminal responsibility is expected to be made within three to four weeks. Mitin’s attorney, Frank Reynolds, said at a hearing Thursday in Ingham County Circuit Court that he will rely on his own experts, as well.

Mitin in January told a judge she couldn’t recall what happened the baby boy after she apparently gave birth in December.