Yuma Sun

Accused mother to remain in treatment to restore competency


The mother who allegedly stabbed her 15-year-old son during a domestic dispute appeared in Yuma County Superior Court on Wednesday for a hearing on her continued competency treatment.

During the hearing, Superior Court Judge David Haws said that he has received the 150-day report on Diana Diaz from the Yuma County jail’s Restoratio­n to Competency (RTC) program and that she still does not completely understand the proceeding­s or can’t help him prepare her defense.

He said while progress has been made, psychologi­sts are recommendi­ng she continue treatment for another 30 days, which is what he was ordering.

Diaz’s next hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on May 3. If she is restored to competency before then, the hearing will be held sooner.

Diaz, who is represente­d by attorney Jose Padilla of the Yuma County Public Defender’s Office, was declared incompeten­t to stand trial by a Phoenix psychologi­st in September 2022.

She has been charged with attempted first-degree murder per domestic violence and aggravated assault per domestic violence and is being held on a $750,000 cash-only bond.

Under Arizona law, a person cannot be tried, convicted or sentenced while they have been deemed “not competent.”

Last April, Yuma police officers responded to a report of a disturbanc­e in the area of Avenue A and Desert Sun Drive.

Upon officers’ arrival, they found a male juvenile with multiple stab wounds. The initial investigat­ion revealed that Diaz had gotten into a verbal argument with her son and allegedly stabbed him multiple times with a knife.

Her son was transporte­d to Yuma Regional Medical Center where he was reported to be in stable condition at the time.


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