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Judge finds Richmond mother was insane when she killed 8-year-old son

Posted on: November 19, 2009

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Judge finds Richmond mother was insane when she killed 8-year-old son

Posted: 11/16/2009 11:18:30 AM PST

Updated: 11/17/2009 07:24:57 AM PST

 

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Raijon died Oct. 27, 2006, of battered child syndrome after enduring long-term abuse by his…

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Judge Charles Burch found Teresa Moses, 26, was insane based on “a preponderance of evidence” that includes reports from three doctors who stated that she suffered from paranoid delusions when she abused her son, Raijon Daniels. Burch must now decide how long Moses will be committed to a state mental hospital.

Defendants can be found criminally insane when it can be proved that they did not understand or appreciate their actions because of a severe mental illness or defect.

Raijon died Oct. 27, 2006, of battered child syndrome after enduring long-term abuse by Moses that included beatings, starvation, washes with household chemicals and high-pressure hoses. The boy lived in a locked room rigged with motion sensors and a video camera that fed into his mother’s bedroom.

“It’s a tragic case,” said deputy district attorney Gerald Change, whose office submitted the doctors’ finding. “The boy suffered horribly.”

At a hearing Monday, Moses pleaded no contest to first-degree murder. In exchange, prosecutors withdrew torture and child abuse charges that were filed against her. Had she been convicted of all three charges at the trial, Moses could have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Instead, she faces commitment

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