OGDEN -- One examiner has found a mother charged with the attempted murder of her son competent to stand trial, while another doctor worries the woman may have neurological damage.
Tammy Crane, 38, was charged with the first-degree felony after allegedly attempting to smother her 10-year-old son with a pillow after, police say, she dreamed of committing the act several times.
Crane actually called 911 herself the night after Thanksgiving to say she had attempted to kill the boy. Officials say that was the first of her three confessions.
"She woke up tonight and decided to follow through with several dreams she has been having to kill herself and her son," according to charging documents.
The boy suffered a bloody nose and has been placed with a family member.
Crane called 911 at 2:52 a.m. Nov. 25 from a condo in the 3400 block of Kenna Lane in West Haven, where she had been staying with a relative.
She is in Weber County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
On Dec. 1, 2nd District Judge Michael Lyon ordered competency exams to ensure Crane understands the proceedings against her and can assist in her own defense.
In his report, Dr. Rick Hawkes, a psychologist, found her competent. Crane has some mental troubles, particularly depression, that were exacerbated by her fear of becoming homeless with her child, according to court files.
Meanwhile, Dr. Beverly O'Connor, a clinical neuropsychologist, has asked for two more weeks to complete her examination.
In a Dec. 30 letter to the court, she wrote, "Given the seriousness of the charge and the fact that Ms. Crane is reporting some possible neurological problems, I would like some additional time to do some further neuropsychological testing and to interview the family members that she wants me to speak to."
Lyon rescheduled a review hearing on O'Connor's report from Jan. 5 to Jan 19.
Crane contemplated committing suicide by overdosing on pills, according to initial reports. She put a pillow over her son's head to try to smother him, pinning his arms under her legs, according to a probable cause affidavit.
"The son was able to ask, 'Mom, why are you hurting me?' and Tammy stopped, taking the pillow off of his face," the affidavit states.
Crane's admissions include a videotaped interview by a detective, as well as the call to dispatch and remarks to the first officer on the scene.