Court To Consider Competency of Fort Dodge Mother Charged in Infant’s Death

A competency trial will be held this Friday to determine if the Fort Dodge mother accused of killing her infant daughter in November is fit to stand trial.

Attorney’s for Taylor Blaha made an oral motion to request a competency exam which was approved by the judge overseeing the case.

Prior to the approval of the competency hearing, Blaha had asked the judge for new lawyers, but that request was denied on Friday.

District Court Judge Christopher Polking cited Blaha’s refusal to meet with her court-appointed attorney on several occasions and said that it was not likely Blaha would be more cooperative with a new attorney

One of her arguments in requesting new counsel was that she has a learning disability.

Blaha and the baby’s father, Brandon Thoma are both charged with first degree murder in the death of their infant daughter.

Both are being held on a $1 million dollar cash only bond. Thoma faces an additional charge of Abuse of a Corpse.

The search for the baby’s remains does continue.

Blaha is scheduled to go on trial at the end of February.

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