Judge rules father in toddler's beating legally insane

Judge rules father in toddler's beating legally insane

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A judge has ruled that a man charged with trying to kill his toddler outside a motel near Vancouver was legally insane at the time.

The Columbian reports 34-year-old Kyle Stephen Holder was acquitted of attempted domestic violence murder by reason of insanity following a two-day hearing before Clark County Superior Court Judge Derek Vanderwood.

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Holder will be committed to Western State Hospital for an indeterminate amount of time.

Holder repeatedly slammed his daughter, Trinity Compani-Holder, into the pavement of a motel parking lot in Salmon Creek in June 2016. Court documents say people heard Holder talking about being Jesus and the devil being inside his daughter.

Documents say a doctor from Western State Hospital who evaluated Holder determined he likely suffered from undiagnosed schizophreniform disorder and was having a psychotic episode at the time.

Documents say Trinity may have long-term, permanent disabilities.

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Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com