Modesto kidnap suspect sent to Napa hospital for treatment

local@modbee.comJune 12, 2013 

John Otis Jenkins


— A man accused of trying to abduct an 8-year-old boy in north Modesto in April will go to Napa State Hospital for psychiatric treatment.

A psychologist earlier determined that John Otis Jenkins, 32, is not mentally fit to be prosecuted.

In a hearing April 17, Jenkins had an outburst as he entered the courtroom. When Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff said he was doubtful that the defendant had the ability to understand the court proceedings, Jenkins shouted, "Everybody knows I need help!"

He did not speak during a short hearing Wednesday morning.

Zeff ordered Jenkins to take part in a trial competency program at the hospital; the jail psychologist will evaluate Jenkins to determine whether the defendant will be treated with psychotropic drugs.

Jenkins will remain in custody without bail until his criminal case concludes. The case has been suspended while he undergoes mental health treatment.

Jenkins has been charged with kidnapping, along with two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, obstruction stemming from a February incident and violating probation in a 2012 grand theft conviction.

In the April incident, the boy's mother said her son, his 13-year-old brother and a 13-year-old neighbor girl were playing basketball in his driveway when they saw the suspect.

She said the man was trying to open the neighbor's door and was looking in her windows. That is when police say Jenkins walked over, picked up the 8-year-old and walked away.

Modesto police said the 13-year-old girl pulled the boy out of Jenkins' grasp. The children ran inside and alerted their mothers, who called police.

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