LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisvile mother who allegedly shot and killed her ten-year-old son last month before placing her body in the trunk of her car needs a mental health assessment, her lawyer argued Tuesday in a lawsuit .
Kaitlyn R. Higgins, 28, was charged last month with homicide (domestic violence) and manipulation of physical evidence after police said she had admitted to trying to cut the tongue of her son, Kyon Higgins Jr., before to shoot him on the night of April. 20.
Higgins, also known as Kaitlyn Bartram in the lawsuits, has been charged with those charges and an additional count of first-degree criminal abuse. She remains detained at Louisville Metro Corrections with a $ 500,000 bond.
In a motion Tuesday asking a judge to order a mental health assessment to determine Higgins’ jurisdiction to stand trial, his attorney, Ashlea N. Hellman, wrote that Higgins “appears to be struggling to appreciate the serious nature of these charges against her. “
“Nor does she appear to have a rational understanding of the proceedings against her,” Hellman continued. “Specifically: Ms. Higgins appears to have little or no understanding of the lawsuits before her, despite having held minor charges in the past. She cannot remember, despite being told, the seriousness of her crimes and the time potential that went face to face for everyone “.
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Hellman added that Higgins “repeatedly expresses her desire to” simply dismiss this case or get treatment and return home, “based on the idea of delivering theoretical evidence that she cannot consistently describe to the councils.”
“It also often has an inappropriate effect when discussing serious matters, laughing at random, and unable to maintain eye contact,” Hellman wrote.
Higgins didn’t have much of a criminal record, he only faced citations over the years for some traffic-related crimes and for not having his dogs properly licensed.
He also applied for a protection order against domestic violence against a man in 2014 and initiated a divorce case in Jefferson Family Court last December, according to online records.
“He seems to confuse the orders of the family’s court proceedings with the facts of his criminal action and gets angry and combative when attempts are made to correct her,” Hellman wrote in the motion.
Struggling to discuss his case, Higgins has also often referred to “evil spirits” causing “certain actions in the house,” according to Hellman.
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“These references include a‘ damn ’window curtain and a‘ blue dot ’appearing on people in the house,” Hellman wrote. “It often confuses days, hours and places and cannot provide advice with a consistent memory or chronology of relevant facts and events.”
Louisville subway police officers who conducted a welfare check about 9:30 p.m. on April 20 at a 1200 block home on Algonquin Parkway found Kyon Higgins Jr.’s body in the trunk of the car. his mother and mother sitting on the porch, who appeared to have blood as well, according to an arrest warrant.
Higgins admitted to the murder, according to his arrest warrant, which on the other hand provided no possible motive.
Jefferson circuit judge Mitch Perry will consider the motion Monday, according to court records, with a precautionary conference also scheduled for June 10th.
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