Woman charged in stabbing of a mom who was walking her child ruled unfit to stand trial

  • Marquette Owens

    Marquette Owens

Updated 1/7/2020 4:12 PM

A Lake County judge ruled Tuesday that the 60-year-old Ingleside woman charged with stabbing a mother who was walking with her child on a Grant Woods Forest Preserve trail in October is unfit to stand trial.

As a result, Marquette Owens will be transferred from the Lake County jail to a secure Health and Human Services facility in Elgin. Owens faces aggravated battery and attempted murder charges in the attack, which happened about 5 p.m. on Oct. 21, according to Forest Preserve Police.


The child was not hurt. However, the mother suffered serious injuries and was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for treatment after she managed to escape and flag down help, authorities said. The injuries were not life-threatening, according to authorities.

After ruling Owens unfit, Judge Christopher Stride revoked her $750,000 bail.

Stride said he based his decision on an evaluation of Owens prepared by a court-appointed doctor. Owens stood quietly as Stride read sections of the report into the court record.

According to the report, which was based on interviews with Owens as well as observations, the 60-year-old displayed symptoms of schizophrenia and exhibited disorganized, delusional thinking. With proper medication and treatment, Owens could be fit to stand trial within a year, the report said.

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