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Haven Taylor to Be Sent for 'Competency Restoration Training' Following JIA Incident

4:12 PM, Oct 27, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The woman who forced the evacuation of an airplane at JIA is not competent to proceed with her trial.

In a competency hearing Wednesday, a doctor's testimony helped to determine that Haven Taylor needs "competency restoration training," according to U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill's office.

On Sept. 20, Taylor boarded an Atlanta-bound aircraft at Jacksonville International Airport.

A flight attendant reported that Taylor gave her a note stating her intention to hijack the plane.

The captain escorted Taylor off the plane and into the custody of airport police.  The airplane was evacuated and inspected before being allowed to go to Atlanta.

Taylor told FBI agents investigating the incident that she was suicidal, and she has been in custody in Baker County for the past month.

According to a document released by O'Neill's office, a court-ordered examination looked into Taylor's history and symptoms to determine her mental competency.

O'Neill's spokesperson Amy Filjones said this afternoon that Taylor will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals, who will take her to a federal medical care center for her treatment, scheduled for four months but able to be extended as necessary.

Taylor is being charged for false information and hoaxes in attempt to hijack an airplane, and she faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

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