FARMINGTON — A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a man accused of stabbing his 13-year-old cousin.
Mitchell Dean Howe, 22, of West Bountiful, appeared in 2nd District Court on Friday. He is charged with one count of first-degree felony attempted murder. He has been held in the Davis County Jail without bail since his arrest on June 27.
A mental competency review hearing is set for Aug. 17.
Howe is accused of stabbing his sleeping cousin with an 8-inch kitchen knife, according to court documents. Attorneys still do not have a reason why Howe stabbed the boy.
The boy was visiting the Howe home to attend a family reunion, according to the probable cause affidavit.
After the boy was stabbed, he woke up and yelled, “Did you bite me?” according to the probable cause affidavit.
Howe woke up his parents, who told him to stay in a bathroom until police arrived, according to the document.
The 13-year-old was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital, where he was treated for his injury.
“The victim has been released from the hospital and is making progress,” Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said. “We’re hopeful for a full recovery.”
Police said they have not been called to the house before and Howe had no previous problems with police.