Woman In Granddaughter Slaying Was Ruled Sane

The girl's sister and mother were wounded in the attack at a Colton apartment

Court documents show a California woman suspected of fatally stabbing her 18-month-old granddaughter had spent nearly a decade in a state psychiatric hospital and outpatient treatment program before a jury ruled in 2015 that her sanity had been restored.

The records obtained Tuesday indicate that Nicole Darrington-Clark was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2005 attempted murder of her daughter and an older son.

Darrington-Clark was sent to the psychiatric hospital and later transferred to an outpatient program. A jury ruled in 2015 that her sanity was restored.

Dr. Elyn Saks, a professor at the University of Southern California, says making that ruling requires the person to understand right and wrong and prove they are not a danger to themselves or others.

Darrington-Clark was arrested Tuesday in San Bernardino for investigation of killing her granddaughter and wounding her other granddaughter and daughter. It isn't clear if she has an attorney to comment on the allegations.

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