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Woman found incompetent for trial in Colorado child deaths

Ika Eden of Jamaica, pictured in this September 2017 mug shot provided by the San Miguel County sheriff's office, has been found incompetent to stand trial for her role in the deaths last summer of 10-year-old Mikayla Roberts and her 8-year-old sister Hannah Marshall. Eden was charged with two counts of child abuse resulting in death. The girls' bodies were found in a car on a farm west of Telluride, Colo. (San Miguel County Sheriff via AP)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — One of five members of a doomsday group charged in the deaths of two girls in Colorado has been found incompetent to stand trial.

The trial of Ika Eden of Jamaica was postponed indefinitely, the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports .

Eden, 54, also was found incompetent to serve as her own defense attorney during a recent hearing, San Miguel County officials said.

Eden — who has also used the names Carol Johnson and Carol Sutherland — pleaded not guilty to child abuse resulting in the deaths last summer of 10-year-old Makayla Roberts and her 8-year-old sister Hannah Marshall. Their decomposing bodies were found last September in a car on a farm near Norwood, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Durango.

Investigators believe the group’s spiritual leader, Madani Ceus of Haiti, ordered the girls kept in a car without food or water as the others awaited the apocalypse.

The charge against Eden alleges she did nothing to help the children.

In July, Eden said she wanted to serve as her own attorney saying: “I plan to say what happened and why.”

Ceus and the girls’ mother, Nashika Bramble, have each pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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