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