By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
The Liberal man charged with the alleged attempted murder of his three children has been ordered to undergo psychiatric testing before he stands before Judge Clint Peterson again.
According to a release from Liberal Police Capt. Pat McClurg on Oct. 19, Irineo Garcia injured three children and himself before being subdued by police.
“On Oct. 18, 2010, at about 6 p.m., officers of the Liberal Police Department responded to a residence in the 300 block of McCray Blvd. regarding a report of children being seriously injured,” the release noted. “Responding officers were confronted in the front yard by a 30-year-old man. The man had apparent self-inflicted life threatening wounds. He was subdued by the officers and was taken to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County Emergency Medical Services. He was later flown to Wichita for further medical care.
“Three children, ages 5, 6 and 7, were located in the residence,” McClurg added in the release. “Each of the children had apparent injuries. They were transported to Southwest Medical Center in serious condition. They were later upgraded to stable condition.”
McClurg said Garcia was arrested upon his release from a Wichita hospital on Oct. 21 at approximately 4 p.m.
Garcia was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 10. However, due to a motion by the defense, Judge Clint Peterson ordered psychiatric testing from Larned State Hospital on Dec. 8. Seward County District Attorney Don Scott said the process is likely to take approximately two months.
“Judge Peterson ordered the psychiatric evaluation based on a motion from the defense,” Scott said. “He is to be evaluated for issues of insanity and competency to stand trial. That usually takes about 60 days. There will be a hearing, the state hospital will submit a report.”
Garcia is in the Seward County Jail and is being held on a $1 million bond. He is being charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder.