Judge: Man OK for trial on charges he left baby in field

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) _ A judge has found a central Illinois man fit to go to trial on charges he left his 6-month-old baby daughter to die by abandoning her in a bean field.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis entered the finding Tuesday for Thomas Boitnott. It means he is now able to understand the charges against him and work with his attorney on his defense.

The 24-year-old St. Joseph man was charged in June with attempted murder, child abduction and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Authorities say he snatched the baby girl from her mother’s St. Joseph apartment. She reported the baby missing.

The baby girl was found alive in a muddy bean field about 6 miles away from St. Joseph. She dehydrated and bitten by mosquitoes.
Information from: The News-Gazette

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