DES MOINES, Iowa - A Des Moines woman accused of intentionally hitting and injuring two children with her SUV has bee ordered to undergo a competency assessment.
42-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin is accused of intentionally hitting a black male and a Hispanic female, and of yelling racial slurs at a gas station worker.
She faces two counts of attempted murder and a hate crime charge for the actions that all occurred within 90 minutes on December 9th.
The Des Moines Register reports a judge ordered the competency assessment Tuesday morning.
The 12-year-old black male received minor injuries after being struck. The 14-year-old Hispanic female was hospitalized for several days from her injuries.