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Wis. woman accused of beating baby to death not competent to stand trial

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BOSCOBEL, Wis. (KWWL) -

A Boscobel, Wis. woman who is charged with beating her 3-month-old baby to death was deemed not competent to stand trial today in a Grant County court.

31-year-old Renae Bellis faces first-degree reckless homicide and obstructing an officer after the death.

According to court documents, police responded to Bellis' residence on July 9.  That's when she told investigators she had seen the baby's father shake and hit the baby after he had returned home from work.

He was arrested at the time.

But when Bellis went to visit him in jail, she confessed that she had lied, and it was her who had snapped after the baby wouldn't settle down, and hit and shook the baby.

Court documents show the autopsy determined the baby's death was homicide caused by blunt force trauma.

A judge ordered a competency evaluation for Bellis last month, and today in court was told that she was not competent to stand trial.

According to our coverage partners at the Telegraph Herald, the competency report shows Bellis is likely to become competent with treatment.  That judge ordered she be admitted to Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wis. to restore competency.

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