A Colerain Township man has been declared competent to stand trial, one year after he allegedly beat his infant niece to death. 25 year old Lanny Stoinoff can now help with his defense, and will likely stand trial, perhaps in a few months for the murder of the one month old girl last summer.
Stoinoff is facing charges of aggravated murder. Colerain Township Police and Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies say Stoinoff beat his four week old niece Roslyn Stoinoff, at a home on Gosling Drive on July 12, 2011. He was staying with his family after reportedly receiving psychiatric treatment.
Police say Stoinoff asked family members if he could hold the baby, then began his violent attack. Stoinoff's sister and mother tried to get the little girl away from him, but could not overpower him. Stoinoff then allegedly threw the child against a wall. Roslyn Stoinoff was taken to Children's Hospital where she died.
Stoinoff has spent the last year at Twin Valley in Columbus for further treatment and was recently reevaluated for competency.
Last month, during his arraignment, Stoinoff refused to wear shoes to court and often grinned during the proceedings. He entered a plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. He has reportedly told his attorneys that he intended to kill the child because he believes she was "Satan's baby."
Stoinoff's next hearing is set for September.