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Mom found not guilty of trying to kill her kids by reason of insanity will stay in state hospital

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 18:33:05-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - The mother formerly accused of poisoning her kids and found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity, Lorita Aiken, learned Wednesday she will stay in a state hospital.

Virginia Beach Judge Les Lilley ruled Aiken will remain committed to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services after a review hearing Wednesday.

She was found not guilty by reason of insanity back in June. In 2013, police say she tried killing herself and her two young children by poisoning them with crushed up prescription pills in food like cereal and ice cream.

Her mother, Anelia Sutton, told NewsChannel 3 Wednesday that her daughter had a psychotic break, induced by prescription meds Aiken was taking and adds her daughter is ready to come home.

"Lorita is ready," Sutton said. "She has worked very hard."

But Wednesday, doctors at Central State Hospital disagreed, testifying it's hard to diagnose Aiken with a specific disorder and for that reason she's too much of a risk right now.

"Of course I`m not happy with it," Sutton said. "He's doing the best with what he's been hired to do but I feel differently. I just want my daughter to come home."

Aiken will come back before Judge Lilley for another review in 2017.

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