SAGINAW, Michigan (WNEM) –  A Saginaw man accused of sitting on a girl and causing her death will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

A Saginaw man accused of sitting on a girl and causing her death will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Credit: Saginaw Co Sheriff

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Saginaw County District Court Judge M. Randall Jurrens ordered John Edward Graves, 55, to receive the mental examination to assess his competency to stand trial.

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In September, Graves was a guest at an apartment on the night of the incident, according to Michigan State Police. A 3-year-old girl, Paris Sharpe, was sleeping on a couch when Graves sat on her, causing her death, MSP said.

Investigators said Graves consumed alcohol earlier that day. Sharpe’s autopsy results showed she died from asphyxia by suffocation.

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Graves was arraigned on an involuntary manslaughter charge on June 2.


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