Judge Rules Woman Accused of Taking Newborn is Competent for Trial

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LUBBOCK, Texas — A judge ruled Thursday that the 21-year-old woman accused of slipping into a hospital maternity ward wearing medical scrubs and abducting a days-old baby girl is competent to stand trial.

Rayshaun Parson pleaded not guilty in April to a federal kidnapping charge in connection with the disappearance of Mychael Darthard-Dawodu from a Lubbock hospital.

U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, who has issued a gag order in the case, sealed the report on Parson's mental evaluation. The trial was set for August 20.

Surveillance footage from Covenant Lakeside Hospital showed a woman wearing blue and flower-print hospital scrubs and a gray, puffy jacket with a hood walking out of the hospital in the middle of the night March 10. She was carrying a purse as she walked past an unstaffed information desk near the exit.

The baby was found the next day in Clovis, New Mexico, where Parson lived. Parson has remained in federal custody since her arrest that day.

Prosecutors have said Parson scouted security measures at Covenant and went to another Lubbock maternity ward the day the baby was abducted.