Fire Death

Psychologist finds mother competent and sane in deadly fire case

A court-appointed psychologist in Hamilton has determined that a woman accused of starting a mobile home fire that killed her seven-month-old son is sane and competent to stand trial. Twenty-nine-year-old Aimee Leonard is charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangering. She has entered a plea of innocent by reason of insanity in Butler County Common Pleas Court. Judge Matthew Crehan is expected to rule on the competency issue at a hearing today, barring a request by Leonard's attorney for a second opinion.

The insanity issue will eventually be left up to a jury. Investigators say Leonard set fire to a shirt after a telephone argument with her son's father on February fourth. Authorities say she threw the burning shirt toward the front door and ran out the back door. She left Justin Johnson Junior sleeping in his crib. The baby died of carbon monoxide poisoning from smoke.