CROWN POINT — A judge pro tempore has ordered mental competency evaluations for a woman accused of nearly severing her father's penis last year at their Dyer home.
A defense attorney for Darlene G. Wozniak, 53, requested the evaluations in an effort to determine if she is mentally competent to stand trial.
At attorney Herbert Shaps' request, Judge Pro Tempore Kathleen O'Halloran ordered the doctors to complete their evaluations on or before Nov. 8. Wozniak's next court date is set for Nov. 22.
Wozniak is accused of attacking her father as he lay in one of two hospital beds set up in his living room.
Wozniak's brother told police Wozniak has a mental condition and he noticed she was "acting strange" in the hours before the attack, according to court records.
"She was staring at the wall with 'evil eyes,' something he knows Darlene does" when she is having a psychological episode, court records state. "He was concerned about Darlene and hid all the knives in the home from her."
Wozniak went to her room, so the brother assumed she was asleep and left the house.
Just more than an hour later, the brother's phone alerted him to movement in his parents' home, and he could hear his father say, "Get over here. She is nuts! She is cutting me!" court records allege.
The brother immediately traveled to his parents' home, where he found his father bloodied and wounded, the affidavit states.
Wozniak allegedly locked herself in a room. Police forced their way in, found her lying on a bed and arrested her, court records state.