Rutchey to remain in State Hospital for another month ahead of possible plea deal

LOGAN — A 46-year-old River Height’s mother, Heidi M. Rutchey, will remain in the State Hospital for another month, while doctors determine if she was insane when she allegedly killed her two-year-old son.

Wednesday morning, Rutchey’s public defender, David Perry appeared in 1st District Court for a conference call with attorneys from the county and State Attorney General’s Office. They were asking for the defendant to be released from the State Hospital and transferred back to the Cache County Jail, while she awaits trial.

Perry requested that the defendant remain in the state hospital so doctors can finish a medical evaluation. He said their report should be completed in 30-days.

In January, Rutchey pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder, a first-degree felony. Her plea came three months after she was found competent to stand trial.

Rutchey was arrested in October 2013, a month after Cache County Sheriff’s deputies found her two-year-old son Eli, dead inside her River Heights apartment.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Rutchey to remain in the hospital for another month, while doctors conclude their evaluation. He set another hearing date for June 26 to review their report, as attorneys work out a possible agreement to have her plead guilty.

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