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Mother Who Killed Children Being Evaluated

An East St. Louis mother is being evaluated to see if she can stand trial after killing two of her children.  Ron Honberg, with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, says it appears Yokeia Smith did not receive adequate mental healthcare.

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Dr. Brooke Kraushaar, a Forensic Psychologist at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, says she considers past medical diagnoses when she evaluates a person's ability to stand trial.

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Smith had been diagnosed as bipolar, schizophrenic and severely depressed.  She admitted to the murders in a letter she wrote to the court.  Smith told the judge she had been hearing voices, hallucinating, taking drugs and drinking the day of the murders.  A competency trial will determine whether she's fit to undergo a trial for the murders.


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