Woman accused of throwing sons off bridge is examined by mental health commission



A Caddo judge has appointed a two-member mental health commission to assess the mental state of a mother accused of throwing her two sons off a Shreveport bridge, killing one, according to KTBS.

Ureka Black, 32, was arrested Saturday at a rest area near Waskon, Texas, two hours after fleeing the scene, and was extradited to Caddo Parish on Sunday.

Black’s court-appointed lawyer Elizabeth Gibson called for the commission in one of nine petitions filed since Wednesday. Gibson said Black did not have the mental capacity to understand court proceedings and that at the time of the offense he did not have the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

During his 32 years, Black spent little time behind bars, they say, and has a record of six arrests in Caddo Parish and five in Bossier Parish.

Notes in Black’s court records show where she was ordered to attend counseling, anger management and parenting classes as part of her convictions and court-ordered probation. Black either ignored the court order or attended a class or two and then resigned.

A spokesperson for the Shreveport Police Department said on Friday they received an initial call before 11 a.m. about a child in the water near the Shreveport Bridge. Marine patrol officers responded and found a small child dead in the water. Black’s 10-month-old son was pronounced dead and his five-year-old son was woken up when police patted his face after being rescued from Shreveport Lake.

A third child was of interest during the investigation, but police learned she was in the care of a grandmother. Black is said to have left a note and some money for the young girl, who would be 12 or 13 years old. KTBS said they had not learned what the note said.

District Judge Donald Hathaway Jr. gave doctors 30 days to examine Black.

He set a hearing date of October 29 for the results.

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