A Kansas City woman accused of beheading her 6-year-old son has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.
According to the Kansas City Star, a judge in Jackson County placed 35-year-old Tasha Haefs in the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health last week after finding her incompetent to stand trial. Haefs was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the murder of Karvel Stevens, according to the AP.
Officers dispatched to a home in eastern Kansas City in February discovered the boy and a family dog beheaded inside, along with Haefs soaked in blood. They also discovered blood-soaked knives, and according to officials, Haefs told officers she murdered her son in the bathtub.
A woman believed to be Haefs phoned the cops and reported that the devil was attempting to attack her. Later, relatives of Haefs told the Star that she had battled substance abuse, depression, severe trauma, and paranoid delusions for years.
Laura O’Sullivan, the public defender for Haefs, did not immediately return a Wednesday morning phone message requesting a statement.
Mike Mansur, a spokesman for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, stated that Haefs’ mental competency will be reviewed after several months of treatment to determine if she will be capable of standing trial in the future.