Judge orders psych evaluation for wildfire suspect

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Updated: 7/30 11:28 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge has ordered a girl to be psychologically evaluated to determine if she is fit to stand trial in connection with one of the destructive wildfires that ripped through Southern California this spring.

The girl briefly appeared in San Diego juvenile court on Wednesday for a hearing stemming from allegations that she intentionally started the Cocos Fire, which destroyed 36 homes and one business north of San Diego in May.

Earlier this month she was charged with at least one crime, but it has not been disclosed.

Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz also ordered that the girl observe a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew while she lives with her parents and he agreed with her attorney that she should remain in counseling until the next hearing on Aug. 20.

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