A 35-year-old Provo woman who pleaded guilty but mentally ill last month in the stabbing of her 2-year-old son has been given a suspended prison sentence and placed on five years probation.
Dixie A. Madsen had no comment prior to being sentenced Friday by 4th District Judge Boyd L. Park, who last month accepted psychological evaluations that found her to be mentally ill.Park suspended the defendant's prison sentence of zero to five years, but tacked on a seven-month jail sentence as part of her probation. However, the judge credited the defendant with seven months she spent in custody and in the Utah State Hospital.
Madsen also was ordered to comply with the terms of a psychiatric treatment plan developed by doctors from the state hospital and Timpanogos Community Mental Health Center. The treatment plan, which includes medication and ongoing mental therapy at Timp Mental Health, was developed as an alternative to hospital commitment.
Park ordered Madsen to live with her in-laws and asked that a report be prepared every three months on her mental condition.
The defendant originally faced charges of attempted second-degree murder, a second-degree felony, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, as part of a plea agreement.
Charges against Madsen stemmed from the stabbing of her son, Brandon Madsen, last April 22. The child recovered fully.