Quincy woman accused of locking child in basement to undergo mental health exam

Posted: May. 7, 2014 9:55 pm Updated: May. 21, 2014 11:14 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy woman accused of locking her young son in the basement of their residence had her case continued Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Tricia M. Franklin, 26, of 2023 Broadway, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing. Instead, she will undergo a mental health evaluation before her next court hearing June 4. Chief Public Defender Holly Henze said she would set up a meeting with Dr. Frank Froman, who will evaluate whether Franklin is fit to stand trial.

Franklin was arrested on April 20 and charged with felony unlawful restraint after an investigation by Quincy police found she had left her 5-year-old son locked in the basement. Officers were called to the rear residence at the address after a neighbor called police about 8 p.m. to report that a child appeared to be yelling for help from a basement window. Officers entered the home and found the boy.

The child has been turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Franklin has been in the Adams County Jail since her arrest on $20,000 bond. If convicted of her charge, Franklin could be sentenced to up to three years in prison.