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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:28 am, Wed Dec 14, 2011.

A Lodi mother who ran her car into a train in October, allegedly in an attempt to kill her young daughter, was deemed fit to stand trial Tuesday.

Christine Leach, 43, appeared in San Joaquin Court on Tuesday morning and learned that two medical reports by separate doctors stated she is competent to stand trial.

Leach's attorney, Gregory Davenport, had requested a mental evaluation in November.

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.

Leach is still in custody, despite the fact that Davenport previously requested that she be released. But, Judge Lauren Thomasson said she believed that Leach was a possible flight risk and a danger to herself and to society.

Davenport could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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