Mother found competent to stand trial for murdering son

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

LOGAN — A 45-year-old River Heights mother, Heidi Marie Rutchey has been found competent to stand trial in the death of her two-year-old son, more than three-years ago.

Rutchey and her defense attorney, David Perry, appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning for a review hearing since being sent to the State Hospital for treatment in January 2014.

Judge Thomas Willmore said he had received a report from hospital staff stating they had treated Rutchey’s mental illness and restored her competency.

Perry asked the court for a couple weeks to discuss a possible plea agreement with prosecutors. He also requested that Rutchey remain in the State Hospital during that time, so that she can continue receiving treatment.

Judge Willmore granted the requests and ordered her to appear again in court on November 28.

Rutchey was arrested on a first-degree murder charge in October 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.

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