Meaker to undergo mental evaluation

By WEEK Producer

October 12, 2012 Updated Oct 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM CDT

TOULON, Ill. -- At what was scheduled to be preliminary hearing in Stark County court Friday, Judge Stuart Borden granted a request by Kendra Meaker's attorney for a continuance, pending a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether she's fit to stand trial.

The judge rescheduled Meaker's preliminary hearing for November 16, but said it could be moved up if a doctor completes the evaluation earlier.

The 19-year-old Toulon woman is charged with endangering the life of her 3-week-old daughter, Mia Thompson, and lying about it to police when Meaker allegedly abandoned the baby along a rural road on September 27.

The child's paternal grandmother, Belinda Coley, wants answers.

"I can never see any type of person, including a mother, do that to their own child," said Coley shortly after Friday's preliminary hearing.

The girl's father, Timothy Thompson, has custody of Mia, along with her 11-month-old sister Mercedes. Thompson lived with Kendra Meaker.

At a hastily arranged news conference Friday Timothy Thompson said he never saw any signs that Meaker was unhappy.

"The kids were sleeping that day that I went to work. I left at 5:40, I got the call (later) and I had no sign of her being this way," Thompson said.

And when asked what should now happen to Meaker, Thompson replied,"It all depends on the justice system. She does need some help, that's all I can say is she does need help."