Michelle Leann Golkhajeh was found not guilty because of mental disease or defect in Polk County Circuit Court on Monday, July 13, 2020.
Judge Jerry Ryan made the ruling based on testimony by Dr. Benjamin Silber and Sean McEwen who stated that she was unable to confirm her conduct to the requirements of law. Silber and McEwen were appointed by the Court to conduct a forensic evaluation of her because of suspected mental disease or defect according to Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner.
Golkhajeh was charged with the December 2018 death of her 4 year old daughter in Mena.
Golkhajeh will be returned to the State Hospital and contrary to social media posts is not being released.