Hearing Scheduled For NC Mother Accused Of Killing Infant Son

10:13 AM, Nov 30, 2004   |    comments
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Brevard, NC -- A hearing will be held Thursday in the case of a Transylvania County mother who told an emergency dispatcher that she drowned her infant son so he didn't "have to grow up in this mean world." Yvonne Chapman, 33, is charged with first-degree murder in the September 2003 drowning death of her only child, 6-month-old Eli. She has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. An insanity hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Brevard for Chapman, who is represented by attorney Will Cathey III of Hendersonville. The hearing could signal that prosecutors agree that Chapman has a viable insanity defense. Assistant district attorneys Charlie Walker and Beth Dierauf declined to comment on the pending case. But in North Carolina, prosecutors must agree to an insanity hearing before a judge can consider the issue. Otherwise, the case would likely move forward to trial and jurors could consider a not guilty by reason of insanity plea. On September 15, 2003, Chapman called 911 and told the dispatcher that her baby had drowned in the bathtub and she needed an ambulance. Chapman told the dispatcher she planned the baby's death, describing how she pulled him from the bath and cradled him: "I got him out and I dried him off and I put a clean outfit of clothes on him and have been holding him."

Associated Press

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