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Mother ruled incompetent to stand trial in childs death

A 31-year-old Boscobel woman accused of reckless homicide in the July beating death of her infant daughter was deemed not competent to stand trial following a competency hearing Sept. 7 in Grant County Circuit Court.

Judge Robert VanDeHey ordered Renae L. Bellis committed to Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison to restore competency after hearing an examining report from Watertown-based forensic psychiatrist Craig Schoenecker, M.D. on Aug. 29.

“The court is informed at this time Ms. Bellis is not competent to assist in her own defense,” VanDeHey said at the hearing last Wednesday afternoon. He added that the report indicates Bellis is willingly taking psychotropic medication.

For the complete article, please see the September 15, 2016 issue of the Boscobel Dial.