Hyde Park, Vt.

Murder charges against Vt. grandmother are dismissed

A Vermont judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Morrisville woman found mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of giving a fatal drug overdose to her infant grandson. Superior Court Judge Dennis Pearson ruled that Pamela Raymond, 56, does not need to be hospitalized and can return home and be treated in the community. Raymond, who lost her nursing license for diverting drugs in 1996, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the 2010 death of her 4-month-old grandson. Police say Raymond gave the child an antidepressant to keep him quiet so he would not bother Raymond’s husband. The state may file the charge again if it deems Raymond competent to stand trial, said Christopher Moll, deputy Lamoille County state’s attorney. (AP)