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Man accused of raping two-year-old seeking delay of trial

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IRONTON, Ohio -

An Ironton man charged with first degree rape of a two-year-old is seeking the delay of his trial on the grounds that he is incompetent to stand trial.

Jeremy Curry, age 22, of Ironton, is accused of raping a two-year-old girl in September, at her South Point home, while her parents were at the store.

The incident happened in September, and a cell phone video of the incident has been entered as evidence in the case.

Curry's two public defenders have called for a hearing to determine if the defendant is incompetent to stand trial.

'Incompetent to stand trial' means the defendant cannot understand the charges against him, and the defendant must be treated or institutionalized until he can understand the charges.

Curry underwent a mental evaluation earlier this fall to determine whether a not-guilty plea by reason of insanity would be accepted.

The insanity plea was not accepted, but his lawyers are still questioning his competency to stand trial.

Curry's girlfriend, 19-year-old, Alice Reffitt, has also been charged with complicity to rape, accused of taping the incident on a cell phone.

Alice Reffitt is also the victim's aunt.

Amanda Reffitt, the mother of the two-year-old victim, says she is looking forward to moving her entire family far away from Lawrence County, but is staying in the area until the trials of both Curry and Alice Reffitt are finished.

Amanda Reffitt is planning to remain in the area, because she may need to testify, something she is very willing to do.

"I want to get as far away from South Point as I can," says Ms. Reffitt, "But I can't do that until this is all over, and it's made sure Jeremy and Alice are going away."

Ms. Reffitt also tells us her daughter still mentions the incident about every other day.

Mr. Curry's next hearing scheduled January 7th.