Taunton District Court: Woman committed for killing infant son forgoes evaluation for transfer

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A Carver woman accused of killing her 3-year-old son in 2005 because she thought he was the devil, has decided against moving forward with a hearing in which her fitness for a possible transfer to a residential facility would have been considered.

39-year-old Helen Kirk’s attorney announced the decision to a Taunton District Court Judge on Monday.

In 2007, Plymouth Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Donovan found Kirk not guilty of murder by reason of insanity during a jury-waived trial. The judge did, however, order Kirk to be committed at Taunton State Hospital for up to six months, followed by yearly psychiatric evaluations to determine whether she posed a threat to herself or anyone else.

Kirk did not attend the hearing at the state hospital.


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