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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:53 am, Fri Nov 18, 2011.

Christine Leach, the mother who allegedly attempted to run her car into a train to kill her daughter back in October, was granted a medical evaluation Thursday to determine whether she is fit to stand trial.

Leach, 43, will be evaluated and assessed by a doctor appointed by the San Joaquin Superior Court to determine if she is mentally capable of assisting council who will be defending her case, Judge Richard Vlavianos said.

According to Gregory Davenport, Leach's attorney, things went "extremely well" for Leach in court, at least according to the law.

"She will be getting the help she deserves," he said. "But this is going to take some time. At this point we have to let the system take its course."

Davenport added that Leach is holding up while she remains in custody, but that he was unsure if she has been receiving any medication.

"The need is certainly there, though," he said.

Leach was arrested Oct. 7 and faces charges that include attempted willful murder and child endangerment of her 5-year-old daughter. Police said she drove her white Chevrolet Malibu into a Union Pacific train that was heading north.

Davenport previously requested that Leach be released from custody, but Judge Lauren Thomasson said she believed that Leach was a possible flight risk and a danger to herself and to society.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • mizzo roberts posted at 7:17 pm on Sat, Nov 19, 2011.

    mizzo roberts Posts: 59

    yes it is good lady gets medical attention she needs. I am happy our city has help available to persons in need.



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