JEFFERSON — The case of a Conneaut woman accused of killing her daughter moved forward Monday morning.
Kelsie Blankenship had a competency hearing Monday morning to determine whether she was capable of standing trial.
Blankenship’s daughter, 18-month-old Sereniti Jazzlynn-Sky Sutley was raped and murdered in 2017. She died of blunt trauma to her head and trunk, according to the coroner’s office
Blankenship’s boyfriend, Joshua Gurto, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder and three counts of murder, all unclassified felonies, along with rape, a first degree felony, felonious assault, a second degree felony, and domestic violence, a first degree misdemeanor in Oct. 2017, according to court records. He was arrested two weeks later in Franklin Park Borough, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.
A death penalty specification was initially part of Gurto’s case, but was dropped after Blankenship was charged.
Blankenship was charged with two counts of murder, unclassified felonies; felonious assault, a second degree felony; child endangerment, a second degree felony and two counts of domestic violence, first degree misdemeanors in October of 2018, according to court records.
A competency hearing was held on Monday morning for Blankenship, according to court records.
Blankenship was found competent to stand trial at Monday’s hearing, County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci said.
At Monday morning’s hearing the judge also asked lawyers for both sides for dates in April, May, June, and July of next year when they would be available for trial, Iarocci said.
A status conference was scheduled for Monday in Gurto’s case but was cancelled, Iarocci said.
A trial was originally scheduled in April for Gurto’s case but was cancelled, according to court records.
The next hearing in Blankenship’s case is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 18.
The next hearing in Gurto’s case is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Oct. 30.