LIMA — A 19-year-old Lima woman who stabbed her aunt with a kitchen knife earlier this year has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.
Diamond Osborne was ordered by Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser to be held for a period not to exceed one year in the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo for treatment. The judge based her ruling on the professional opinion of Dr. Joy McGee, of the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Western Ohio in Dayton, who recently performed a psychological evaluation of Osborne at the request of prosecutors.
McGee was of the opinion, the judge said during a hearing Thursday in Lima, that Osborne is currently incapable of understanding the proceedings against her and of assisting in her own defense strategy. McGee, however, was of the belief that Osborne could, with treatment, be restored to a state of competency within one year.
Kohlrieser accepted that opinion in ordering the young woman to be transported to a Toledo mental hospital.
According to court documents, Lima police were dispatched on Jan. 11 to a residence at 918 Holmes Ave. in response to an alleged stabbing. Upon their arrival, officers found Teresa Cook, Osborne’s aunt, suffering from a 2- to 3-inch laceration to her left upper arm. A witness to the incident was applying pressure to the wound when police arrived. She told officers that Osborne stabbed her aunt with the kitchen knife.
Osborne admitted she stabbed Cook, who was transported to Lima Memorial Health System for treatment of her wounds, according to police documents.
Cook was not present in court for Thursday’s competency hearing.
Neither defense attorney Athena Nyers nor Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Basinger made any statements during the hearing.