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Competency evaluation ordered in teen stabbing

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A competency evaluation has been ordered for a 13-year-old Racine boy accused of stabbing and injuring an 11-year-old girl last week.

A Journal Times of Racine report says public defender Katie Gutowski requested the evaluation Wednesday. She declined to comment on what prompted her request.

A court commissioner agreed to order the evaluation.

The boy is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Prosecutors say he stabbed the girl several times with a pocketknife.

Young offenders can try to have their cases moved to juvenile court, where the penalties are less severe and the treatment options are more age-specific. Gutowski didn’t immediately return an email asking whether she’s considering that option.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the boy as long as there’s a chance his case will be moved to juvenile court.

Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

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