Thursday, October 19, 2023

Mother’s insanity plea accepted in death of toddler

The Inkster mother found by police kneeling over her two severely injured children has been found not guilty of felony murder charges by reason of insanity.

Sara Boles, 47, was discovered at about 9 a.m. Jan. 1, 2022 by police officers who forced their way into her home on the 29500 block of Grandview Street in Inkster. Officers were responding to a requested welfare check. The officers discovered Boles in the bathtub of the home kneeling over her two small children whose throats had been slit, according to police reports. A knife was found in the tub with the severely injured 3-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, according to police reports. Both children were transported for emergency medical care and the toddler later died of the injuries.

Boles reportedly struggled and resisted police efforts at the scene. 

She entered a plea of not-guilty by reason of insanity to charges of felony murder, attempted murder, two counts of first-degree child abuse and resisting, assaulting or obstructing police. Circuit Court Judge Bridget Hathaway accepted the not guilty by insanity plea.

Boles was remanded to a forensic psychiatry center for an up to 60-day psychiatric examination. Following the findings of that examination, she could be committed to a psychiatric hospital for an indefinite amount of time. Any discharge from psychiatric custody would require the approval of an independent psychiatrist and a mental health care committee.