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Quincy woman charged with stabbing children declared mentally incompetent for trial

A judge has declared the Quincy woman charged with stabbing her two young sons mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Carolyn Denise Brown, 33, allegedly stabbed her two boys and left them for dead at their Gadsden County residence. Brown stabbed one with a knife and the other with scissors, a police report alleges.

Both boys – one 8 months old, the other 20 months – survived the attack and were placed in state custody. Authorities charged Brown with two counts of attempted murder and one count of felony battery on an emergency medical worker for allegedly punching a nurse at Apalachee Center, where she was committed for a mental evaluation following the incident.

Circuit Judge Martin Fitzpatrick had already found her incompetent to stand trial in May on the battery charge.

Circuit Judge Barbara Hobbs found her incompetent to proceed on the attempted murder charges. In her order, filed July 11, Judge Hobbs says Brown suffers from “a major mental illness, is incapable of caring for herself and poses a threat to herself or others.”

Hobbs ordered Brown be committed to a mental health facility for treatment and placed her in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Brown will be held involuntarily at the mental health facility, which will keep the court apprised of her treatment progress.

Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Morris told the Tallahassee Democrat the state agreed a psychological evaluation of Brown could be admitted into evidence.

“Our hope with anybody who is found incompetent to proceed is that they will be found competent and able to face their charges,” Morris told the Democrat.

By Brian Dekle