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Lytle ruled competent to take stand in daughter's death

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A judge ruled Monday that Jonathan D. Lytle, charged in the death of 4-year old Summer Phelps in March 2007, is competent to take the stand in his trial, set to begin next month.

Jonathan and his wife Adriana Lytle are charged with torturing, beating and killing their four-year old.

Monday's ruling comes after a pshychologist for the State of Washington argued that Lytle is mentally competent enough to

According to court documents, Jon Lytle said during the day of Summer's death, the girl had received discipline for urinating on the floor and being defiant. She had been made to wash items in the bathtub.

Later in the evening while the girl was again washing items out in the tub, Adriana Lytle had left the room and when she returned, found her unresponsive in the water.

The child died about midnight after Jonathan Lytle rushed the 4-year-old girl to the emergency room at Deaconess Medical Center.

The couple admitted in the document to using a shock collar on the girl, beating her with a belt, and making her stand in uncomfortable positions while washing out urine soaked items in the bathtub, and dunking her head under water when she worked too slowly.

Adrianna Lytle pleaded guilty to the same charges of homicide by abuse in July of 2008 and faces at least 20 years in prison.

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