Defense Attorney Wants Competency Hearing for 11-Year-Old Closed to Public 

The lawyer for an 11-year-old girl charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of an infant has filed a motion to have an upcoming competency hearing closed to the public and media. Attorney John Martin says he wants to protect the Fairfield girl’s privacy. The girl was charged at age 10 with juvenile manslaughter in the death of 3-month-old Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, who was staying overnight in the girl’s home in the care of the girl’s mother. She is believed to be the youngest person charged with homicide in Maine in at least 30 years. The prosecution says keeping the hearing open is needed to maintain “trust in the criminal justice system.”