Sanity hearing for mother of drowned child postponed
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
Dec 19, 2012 | 1026 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A hearing in Stanislaus Superior Court to determine the future of the Castro Valley woman who allegedly drowned her young child in a bathtub nearly three years ago was postponed until Jan. 8 at 8:30 a.m.

Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Thomas D. Zeff ruled Dec. 7 that Bigham was insane at the time of the incident and therefore not guilty.

Zeff said the issue at hand is whether Jennifer Lynn Bigham, 25, is now sane.

“The primary issue is whether she’s been restored to sanity as a result of medication,” Zeff said in court Wednesday, Dec. 19.

If she is sane, Bigham could be released, instead of placed in an institution.

Elaine Casillas, Stanislaus County deputy district attorney, said the prosecution wanted her to undergo a mental evaluation. Zeff said that would be determined at the next hearing.

Bigham and her 3-year-old daughter Alexandrea, both originally from the Hayward area, were visiting family members in Patterson at a Thrush Drive home the incident occurred.

Bigham was treated at a Modesto hospital for superficial, self-inflicted stab wounds to her chest the night of the incident and released into custody the next day.

Emergency crews responded to reports at about 6 p.m. the night of Alexandrea’s drowning.

Paramedics arrived and administered CPR, and the girl was flown by helicopter to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, according to sheriff’s officials. Doctors continued to attempt life-saving measures on the girl at the hospital, but she was declared dead at 9:50 p.m.

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