MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – The attorney for a central Indiana man charged in his infant son’s death is seeking a mental health examination for his client.
Public defender Ron Smith asked a Delaware Circuit Court judge last week to order a psychological exam and mental evaluation for 23-year-old Cory Michael Wallace, citing his client’s previous diagnoses of mental disorders.
The Star Press reports that prosecutors oppose that evaluation.
Authorities say Wallace dropped his 5-month-old son, Jensen, onto a hardwood floor in February, but did not seek medical attention for the infant, who died of brain injuries. Wallace allegedly set fires in his son’s bedroom in a bid to cover up the cause of death.
He’s jailed on a $180,000 bond and faces neglect of a dependent resulting in death, arson and other charges.