YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — The mother accused of drowning her child and putting her body in the trunk of a car asked the judge for a psychological evaluation on Friday.

Shocked, and appearing distraught, Aquelin Talamantes appeared in front of a judge in the September death of 5-year-old Tatiana Garcia.

Police believe that crime actually took places at Talamantes’ Davis apartment on Glide Avenue, with the coroner later determining the cause of death to be drowning.

Facing a judge, Talamantes said through her defense attorney that she wanted to suspend the criminal proceedings for a psychological evaluation. The judge and district attorney agreed.

“Her attorney has declared doubt as to her competence, and someone who understands these issues is going to evaluate her to determine if she is competent in the mental-health professional’s opinion,” said Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens.

The family did not want to talk, but we did learn the next hearing for Talamantes is on Dec. 9.


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