BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Supreme Court has declined to hear a request from Boulder County prosecutors who wanted to have their own medical expert determine whether a mother accused in her baby’s death is legally insane.

Prosecutors wanted their expert to examine Stephanie Rochester of Superior before deciding whether to push toward a trial on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

One expert hired by Rochester’s lawyers and another from the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo have found she was legally insane when her son died last year. According to police records, Rochester allegedly told investigators she killed him because she thought he had autism.

The Daily Camera reports District Attorney Stan Garnett will meet with the boy’s relatives and others before deciding how to proceed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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