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Woman in U-Haul case found not competent to stand trial

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    Jamie Adkins

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ELYRIA — A Cleveland woman accused of traveling with five overheated children in the cargo area of a U-Haul truck has had her case dismissed after she was found incompetent to stand trial.

Dr. James Eisenberg declared Jamie Adkins, 27, incompetent to stand trial in a report dated Feb. 1.

“(Eisenberg) opined that the defendant is incompetent to stand trial and the probability of restoration to competency within the statutory time frame, if provided with a course of treatment, is poor,” said a ruling by Judge Raymond Ewers said.

Adkins had been indicted on a felony count of endangering children and three misdemeanor counts of endangering children, according to court records.

On Aug. 2, 2017, Adkins and Brian Dekam, 56, also of Cleveland, were stopped by two employees from the city of Elyria after the city employees discovered five children — who at the time were ages 15, 6, 4, 3 and 2 — in the back of a 10-foot U-Haul box truck at the Speedway on Lorain Boulevard in Elyria. The children were infested with fleas, bedbugs and lice, and some had ringworm, according to police.

Police have said Adkins told officers that she and Dekam left for Jamie’s Flea Market in South Amherst at 4:30 a.m. from Cleveland and were on their way back when they stopped for fuel at the gas station. Adkins also said she is “like a godmother” to the children and that their mother, Kimberly Hull, knew how they were being transported.

The city employees were on a break about 2 p.m. the day of the incident when they saw a child in the back of the U-Haul. Dekam closed the door and tried to drive away, but the city employees stopped him and asked him to open the door of the vehicle.

When he did, the workers saw five children and two dogs in the back of the truck. They said the vehicle smelled like “cigarettes and feces” and the 2-year-old was strapped in a car seat and appeared to be unresponsive and “was bright red as a tomato.”

Police have said — because of the temperature inside the trailer — that it’s possible the 2-year-old would not have survived the trip back to Cleveland had the city employees had not stepped in.

In May, Dekam pleaded guilty to a felony count of endangering children and three misdemeanor counts of endangering children. He was sentenced to one year basic community control.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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