Judge declares mother legally insane in 2017 family stabbing

Judge dismisses charges against mother accused of killing 5-year-old son at UNC in 2017 for reason of insanity. (Photo: WTVD)

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — A woman charged with fatally stabbing her 5-year-old son and wounding her husband at a a housing area at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been found legally insane.

A judge on Monday committed 37-year-old Ebony Olowu to a state forensic hospital after finding her not guilty by reason of insanity.

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In August 2017, police were called to the on-campus housing community where they found Ebony Olowu’s son fatally stabbed and her husband with stab wounds.

Mental health experts said Olowu couldn’t understand her actions because she suffered from a major depressive disorder and psychosis from past traumas.