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Aptos motherís second psych report delayed

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 24th, 2012

SANTA CRUZ ó The Aptos mother who allegedly strangled her 3-year-old daughter in a Watsonville hotel room in 2008 is still waiting for her second psychological report to be completed before a judge determines whether she was sane at the time.

In October 2009, Veva Virgil, 41, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of Isabella Grace Martinez. Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick ordered a psychological report, which was completed in July 2011.

The results of that 138-page evaluation remain sealed as a second doctor evaluates Virgil. That report was due Tuesday, but public defender Maya Nordberg told Burdick it has not yet been completed.

Virgil is due back in court on June 12.

Virgil has been in custody in Santa Cruz County Jail since her Nov. 16, 2008 arrest. According to prosecutors, she checked into the Motel 6 on Silverleaf Drive on Nov. 15, 2008, and smothered Isabella, who was 3.

Hotel staff found the little girlís body on the afternoon of Nov. 16. Virgil was arrested that night in San Jose.

Virgil reportedly suffers from schizophrenia, and told the court she believed she was saving her daughter from the world.

She also told the court during a March 19, 2010 hearing that she had used crystal methamphetamine for four days before she took the girl to the hotel.

Virgil remains jailed on $750,000 bail.

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