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Judge orders competency hearing in toddlers killing case

Judge orders competency hearing in toddlers killing case

Thornton is accused of killing her toddlers in their Gert Town apartment in 2012. (Source: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office) Thornton is accused of killing her toddlers in their Gert Town apartment in 2012. (Source: Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A judge wants assurance the Gert Town woman accused killing her children is competent before granting her a bench trial.

According to our partners at Nola.com|The Times-Picayune, Criminal District Judge Robin Pittman ordered Chelsea Thornton's mental competency to be evaluated July 18. The judge will decide after that on the defendant's motion to waive a jury trial.

Thornton is accused of killing her toddlers in their Gert Town apartment in 2012. She has a history of mental illness.

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