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Mom Says Daughter Was Hospitalized Before Wheaton College Arson Arrest

Janelys Pimentel, 22, was found competent to stand trial

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    Wheaton College Student Arrested on Arson Charges

    Prosecutors say a student started fires in a dormitory and was caught on camera.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019)

    The mother of a Massachusetts college student charged with setting fires in her dormitory says she was hospitalized for an emergency psychiatric evaluation before her arrest.

    The Sun Chronicle reports that Jane Troncoso testified Tuesday during a dangerousness hearing for her 22-year-old daughter, Janelys Pimentel.

    The reason for the evaluation is unclear, but a judge ordered Pimentel released into her mother's custody.

    A state forensic psychologist previously found Pimentel competent to stand trial on charges of arson and burning personal property.

    Student Held Without Bail in Connection to Arson at College

    [NECN] Student Held Without Bail in Connection to Arson at College

    A student is being held without bail in connection to at least six cases of arson and vandalism at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019)

    Authorities say the Wheaton College senior set several fires at the Norton school dating to November.

    The psychologist said Pimentel suffers post-traumatic stress from a break-in at her family's home last fall, but there is no evidence she has a mental disease or defect.

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