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Jury finds Riverside woman accused of fatally stabbing her Colton granddaughter incompetent to stand trial

After listening to evidence presented during a competency hearing, a jury decided a Riverside woman was not mentally fit to stand trial for stabbing her daughter and two granddaughters , killing the 18-month-old last summer in Colton, according to court records.
Nicole Yanick Clark, 44 — previously identified by police and in records as Nicole Darrington-Clark and Nicole Yanick Clark — was arrested and charged with murder and attempted murder for attacking her family June 5, 2017 at their Colton apartment in the 1400 block of East Santo Antonio Drive.
Nicole Darrington-Clark pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder Thursday June 8, 2017 in San Bernardino Superior court. Darrington-Clark is charged with the multiple stabbing murder of her 18-month old granddaughter and with the stabbing of a second granddaughter along with the stabbing of her adult daughter on Monday in Colton. (Photo: Will Lester-SCNG/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
“She will be placed in a state hospital and we will receive frequent updates on her competency in order to determine when we can resume criminal proceedings,” said Chris Lee, spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday.
The jury presented their decision in San Bernardino Superior court Friday, according to court records. She is expected to be back in court June 15 for placement, Lee said.
On the morning of the fatal attack, a neighbor, Tim Hill, said a bloody and screaming young woman came running into his downstairs apartment asking for help. After chasing off Clark, he went upstairs and found 18-month-old  Damani Trouter lying face down on a sofa with multiple stab wound in her back. He then found the girl’s 5-year-old sister hiding in a closet. The girl was so badly wounded that the police couldn’t wait for an ambulance and rushed her to an emergency room.
Clark sped away from the scene before police arrived but was found and arrested the next morning in San Bernardino.
Family, friends and court records show Clark tried to kill her children in 2005 and was committed to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino.
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Two days before Christmas of 2005, Clark stabbed her then 14-year-old son at an Inglewood motel and afterwards, as she drove east on the 10 Freeway, threw her 10-year-old daughter — the same daughter she attacked in June of last year — out of a minivan.
She initially pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder but the judge in that case ruled her not guilty by reason of insanity and sent her to Patton State Hospital. After several years of treatment, she was released to outpatient treatment in 2010. Five years later, a jury decided her sanity had been restored, court records show. Prosecutors objected to both moves.
Clark remains in West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $3.225 million bail.

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