Man choked stepson to undergo psych evaluation

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A 35-year-old suburban Detroit man who told police that the devil told him to choke his 3-year-old stepson has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens says Randall Caballero of Warren was referred Tuesday to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti.

Authorities say Caballero attempted to choke the boy on December 17, then told neighbors he'd killed his son.

Police found the boy crying along the street.

He was treated at a hospital for hypothermia.

Caballero faces attempted murder and first-degree child abuse charges.

Defense lawyer Daniel Waszak, who filled in for Caballero's court-appointed attorney, told the court "there's a psychiatric history that needs to be examined."

Caballero remains held at the Macomb County Jail on a $1 million bond.

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