Competency of woman charged with killing daughter in question


Kendall Downing

UNION COUNTY, Ill. - Is a woman charged with killing her infant daughter competent to stand trial?

That's the question hanging over 39-year-old Stacey Tiffin. Prosecutors believe she suffocated her 11-month-old daughter Cassandra Tiffin.

Stacey faced a judge in Union County, Illinois this morning who must decide whether she is fit to stand trial.

During her preliminary hearing Tuesday, Tiffin waived her right to a reading of the charges against her, that she murdered her daughter at the family's Anna, Illinois home.

Her defense attorney made a motion for a fitness exam, and the judge found doubt as to Tiffin's ability to face the charges.

The judge appointed a psychiatrist to perform a fitness exam and prepare a report.

Tiffin will be back in court for a status hearing on December 4th at 9 a.m.