Mother still found incompetent to stand trial on murdering son

Heidi Rutchey, 42, arrested in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son, Eli Rutchey.

LOGAN — A judge has scheduled another hearing to review the competency of a 45-year-old River Heights mother, accused of killing her two-year-old son in 2013.

Defense attorney David Perry appeared in 1st District Court Monday for Heidi Marie Rutchey’s review hearing. He told the court he had spoken to his client, who remains in the Utah State Hospital.

Perry explained that hospital doctors had submitted a report to the court, saying they still had not been able to restore Rutchey’s competency.

Rutchey has been hospitalized since being found incompetent on January 27, 2014. She was arrested on a first-degree murder charge October 24, 2013.

A month earlier, on September 4, Rutchey was driven to Logan Regional Hospital for an undisclosed medical issue. After she checked into the hospital, questions arose concerning her son Eli’s condition. Medical staff called police dispatch and requested a welfare check for the child at a River Heights apartment near 400 South 400 East. When Cache County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the location, they found the toddler dead inside.

During Monday’s review hearing, Judge Thomas Willmore scheduled another review hearing on October 31 to assess if Rutchey can then stand trial.

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