Alton Sterling’s son found incompetent to face rape charges

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(AP) (Staff Reports)  The son of a black man whose killing by white police officers sparked protests has been found incompetent to stand trial on a charge of first-degree rape of a child.

The Advocate reported the Thursday ruling came after three doctors were appointed to examine 18-year-old Cameron Sterling, who’s accused of raping an 8-year-old boy while babysitting in December.

According to the affidavit for the arrest warrant, prepared by the Baton Rouge police following the incident, Sterling’s mother left her three younger children, ages 6, 8 and 12, in his care.

About an hour-and-a-half after she left for work, her 12-year-old son called her, and she returned home.

There, her 12-year-old alleged Cameron, her oldest son, had touched his 8-year-old brother.  

She told police Cameron, her oldest son, told her he didn’t remember the incident, and the she believed he was having a “mental episode.”  He has been diagnosed with severe depression and bipolar disorder.

Prosecutor Larry McAlpine and defense attorney Dedrick Moore say doctors believe Sterling’s competence can be restored.

He has since been transferred from a parish prison to a state mental facility in Jackson for treatment. His competency is set to be reviewed in August.

Sterling’s father, Alton Sterling, was killed by police outside a convenience store in 2016. Video of his death was widely shared, prompting protests about police brutality against minorities.

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