A 6-year-old child has died in Texas months after he was attacked with a baseball bat by a neighbor. Jeremy Tang Diaz suffered severe skull injuries during the attack in September when Daniel Logan allegedly broke into his home in Georgetown and assaulted him. Logan reportedly attacked his 65-year-old mother with the bat before approaching Tang Diaz.
Williamson County Sheriff Mike Gleason said there was no motive for the alleged assault and that Mr. Logan was experiencing a mental health crisis. Jeremy’s father, Arturo Diaz, said, “One day, he just snapped. He came in, and before I could disarm him, he had already hurt my son.”
The child was taken to a local hospital, where he initially showed signs of progress, but on November 14, his condition deteriorated. “He fought for over 60 days and was improving, but at the end, the odds seemed against him, and he gave up the ghost,” his father said.
After the attack, police arrested Logan and charged him with felony aggravated assault and intentionally causing serious bodily injury to a child, but he was found incompetent to stand trial on October 5.
People deemed incompetent to stand trial are considered incapable of assisting in their own defense due to mental impairment. According to the Department of Justice, “between 25,000 and 39,000 competency evaluations are conducted in the United States annually.” This amounts to between 2% and 8% of cases.
To be considered competent, a defendant must understand the charges against them and what the charges relate to. The Justice Department states that it must be demonstrated that a disturbance in an individual defendant is so great, “in light of existing evidence, and anticipating the substantial effort of a particular attorney,” that it results in the defendant being unable to rationally assist his or her attorney.
No specific information about Mr. Logan’s mental health has yet been made public, but attorneys are due to discuss his psychological fitness in late November.