Woman accused of kidnapping newborn deemed competent to stand trial
UNION COUNTY, Ill. - A judge has ruled that a woman charged with kidnapping a newborn and robbing the baby's mother at knifepoint is competent to stand trial.
Union County, Illinois investigators charged 44-year-old Karen Casper Nichols with those crimes.
Nichols' landlord said Nichols pretended to be pregnant for nine months, even sending ultrasound pictures. She told them the baby was due the first week of July.
Deputies reunited the newborn baby with his mother at the end of June. Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds wouldn't comment on how the kidnapping took place.
The defense plans to file two motions: temporary insanity and involuntary intoxication. The defense added that Nichols will plead not guilty on September 17.