Bariames ruled competent to stand trial |

Bariames ruled competent to stand trial

by Regina Purcell, Tribune News Service

MINDEN — A Stateline man was found competent to stand trial on charges stemming from the Sept. 21 discovery of his malnourished infant son who was found lying next to his dead mother in the family’s apartment.

George J. Bariames, 36, was being held at Lake’s Crossing, a mental-health facility in Sparks.

District Court Judge Michael Gibbons made the ruling Monday. The case was remanded to the East Fork Justice Court for a status hearing at 1 p.m. today before Judge Jim EnEarl.

Bariames is charged with child abuse and neglect. No charges have been filed in the death of his 36-year-old wife, Debbie. Toxicology reports from her autopsy have not been released so there is no official cause of death. According to court records, she had bruises on her arms and legs.

The defendant is being held on $500,000 bail. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if found guilty.

His attorney, Derrick Lopez, said Bariames can’t assist in his own defense.

“His mental state is not a rational state,” Lopez said. “He is clearly not in a position to help.”

During Monday’s proceedings, Gibbons said two mental health evaluations on Bariames showed he was suffering some sort of delirium — although he is now competent to understand the court proceedings he faces.

Lopez said that delirium would most certainly “play out a role in the defense” for Bariames. Lopez said yes when Gibbons asked if he was referring to a possible insanity plea for Bariames in the future.

The outcome of a closed hearing Monday afternoon to determine the custody of Bariames’ 10-month-old son, Nicholas, was unavailable.

The woman and infant were found when sheriff’s deputies checked on the former Las Vegas family at their Market Street apartment near Kingsbury Grade. A male acquaintance reportedly contacted authorities because he was concerned about Bariames’ demeanor during a telephone conversation.

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