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Mental exam ordered for Milwaukee woman accused of burning son

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A competency exam has been ordered for a Milwaukee woman accused of killing her 4-year-old son by setting him on fire.

Twenty-three-year-old Amelia DiStasio appeared in court Friday on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide. A preliminary hearing was postponed until the mental exam can take place. A report is due by Nov. 3.

According to the complaint, authorities were called about smoke at DiStasio's south side apartment Sept. 28 and found her son Antonio's burned and lifeless body in the bathtub. The mother was not home. A witness says she saw DiStasio climb out of the apartment window and run away.

A police officer later found DiStasio walking and arrested her.

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