Third District Judge Stephen Henriod on Monday ordered a West Valley woman to have a 60-day diagnostic mental evaluation before sentencing her for trying to smother her 16-year-old daughter.
Carole Lynn Martin, 44, was due to be sentenced for second-degree felony child abuse. She also was originally charged with second-degree felony attempted murder, but the second charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain.
Police say Martin struck the girl several times with a metal ruler in the back, legs and head after an argument at their home on April 14, 2007. Police say the girl ran into her bedroom and Martin followed, throwing her on the bed and putting a pillow on her face, crying out "Stop breathing! Why won't you stop breathing, you (expletive)?"
Martin's sentencing has been rescheduled for April 7.