A woman accused of attacking and kidnapping a relative’s girlfriend will undergo an evaluation this week to determine her competency to stand trial.
Edith A. Corfman, 51, will undergo an evaluation at the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio, Dayton, Thursday after a motion requesting evaluation of competency and sanity along with a not guilty by reason of insanity plea was entered on her behalf on July 7.
The court accepted the motions according to a journal entry filed last Thursday and a final pretrial hearing that was scheduled for Monday was vacated. A jury trial is scheduled to start on Aug. 4.
A Champaign County grand jury indicted Corfman last month on three counts of abduction and one count each of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and kidnapping stemming from a May 14 incident.
The Urbana Police Division responded to a Concord Street residence on that date after a woman reported she was attacked inside her home, tied up and forcibly taken away with her infant daughter and a 4-year-old stepson in a vehicle by Corfman and her daughter Lindsey A. Corfman.
Police previously informed the Daily Citizen that Edith Corfman is the mother of the victim’s boyfriend and grandmother of both young children.
On May 14, the Corfmans reportedly arrived at the victim’s home unexpectedly, forcing their way into the residence. The mother and daughter allegedly began attacking the victim as she was holding the infant and Edith Corfman attempted to force the victim to ingest a sleeping pill.
As the struggle continued, Edith Corfman reportedly attempted to strangle the victim before yelling for her daughter to bring her a sauce pan from the kitchen. Edith Corfman then allegedly used the pan to strike the victim in the head.
The victim was then tied up and forced to get into the Corfman’s vehicle with the two children. After being driven throughout Urbana, the vehicle stopped near the city pond at Melvin Miller Park, where Edith Corfman allegedly threatened to throw the infant into the pond unless the victim agreed to help convince her son to give up custody of the child to her.
She did this by reportedly using the victim’s cell phone to make fake text entries and send them to her own phone as well as to her son’s phone, indicating that the victim no longer wanted to have custody of the infant.
When police responded to the victim’s residence, several cuts, scrapes and contusions were observed on the victim’s head and face. Both children were found uninjured.
Edith Corfman was previously charged with interference with custody and disorderly conduct in a 2011 Champaign County Municipal Court case.
A court statement filed in the case states she took a 2-month-old infant without permission from the parent on March 30, 2011. After law enforcement arrived to ensure the child was returned, they struggled with her to get the child.
Champaign County Assistant Prosecutor Benjamin Hoskinson said during a June 8 arraignment hearing that the child involved in the municipal court case is a victim in the current case.
Lindsey Corfman, 19, was also indicted last month for three counts of abduction and one count each of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and kidnapping. She pleaded not guilty to the charges on June 23 and a final pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.
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