Murder charge dismissed against mom in death of 5-year-old at UNC by reason of insanity

Orange County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — On Monday afternoon, a judge in Orange County dropped a murder and attempted murder charges against a woman who authorities said killed her son and attempted to kill her husband at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus in 2017.

Ebony Oluwasegva, 36, was charged with first-degree murder in August 2017 when authorities said she stabbed her 5-year-old son, Israel, to death and attempted to kill her husband Victor at their on-campus apartment at UNC-CH.

The judge dropped the charges on Monday against Oluwasegva and found her not guilty by reason of insanity.

Defense attorneys brought two mental health experts into court where they testified about the defendant’s mental health state at the time of the murder.

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The scene at Baity Hill in Aug. 2017. (CBS 17)

Each witness testified about how Oluwasegva had a long history of mental illness that started when she was physically and sexually abused as a minor. The witnesses said in court that it was the defendant’s two recent miscarriages that caused her to enter into a psychotic state of mind at the time the offenses were committed.

Dr. George Patrick Corbin, a psychiatrist, and witness, in this case, testified that the night she committed the crime, “She had sat up in the bed, and during this time she suddenly began hearing a voice that she thought was God. God tells her that she, Victor, and her son, are angels, and to go to heaven, they have to die.”

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman said after hearing the testimony from the two mental health experts, there wasn’t any denying the defendant was legally insane.

“Our responsibility is to seek justice, and it’s not necessary to seek convictions only, it’s to seek a just outcome,” Nieman said. “Given that the unanimous opinion of the psychiatric experts was that she was legally insane at the time of the offense, there really wasn’t an argument to be made contrary to those opinions.”

Oluwasegva will now go to psychiatric hospital where she will seek treatment.

Nieman said it will be up to the state to decide when Oluwasegva can be released from psychiatric care.

This story will be updated.

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