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Woman charged with kidnaping toddler back in court

January 5, 2016

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — A court psychologist says a baby sitter charged with kidnapping a toddler she once cared for is still not competent to understand court proceedings.

A judge sent 21-year-old Abigail Hanna, of Topsfield, back to a mental health facility for an additional 20-day evaluation after a court appearance on Monday.

Prosecutors have asked for a hearing to keep Hanna locked up as a dangerous person until trial, but that hearing was postponed for a third time Monday.

Authorities say Hanna broke into the 2-year-old girl’s home and kidnapped her in November. The girl was found alone miles away in Rowley by a couple who said she was naked and had her head shaved.

Hanna’s lawyer says her client is “addressing serious and potentially life-threatening issues.”

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