Tuesday, October 2, 2012

In Pennsylvania, Hearing continued again in infant's death | Shaken Baby Syndrome

For the second time in a month, a preliminary hearing for a New Brighton father reportedly accused of fatally shaking his baby daughter has been continued because a mental competency evaluation hasn't been completed.
Robert Heibert, 28, of 1922 Fifth Ave. reportedly has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment in the July 26 death of 2-month-old Melanie Alexander.
Heibert was reportedly scheduled for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon, but defense attorney Kurt Winter requested a continuance because a mental health evaluation still had not been conducted on Heibert.
Assistant District Attorney Frank Martocci reportedly argued that is the same reason why Heibert's preliminary hearing was delayed on Aug. 17, and there should have been plenty of time in the interim to get the evaluation done.
Winter reportedly responded that the order authorizing the evaluation was not signed by Judge Richard Mancini until Sept. 12, and arrangements still are being made.
The case has reportedly been moved to 11 a.m. Oct. 23. Heibert remains in the Beaver County Jail without bond.

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