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A tragic and disturbing murder case in Wayne County focused on family and mental illness.

A grieving daughter says justice for her slain mother is all about help and peace, not punishment.

Berry Clark, the victim's daughter, said about murder suspect Kevin Christiansen Jr., "He's a paranoid schizophrenic, he's got autism and I don't like using the word special needs."

While Betty Clark recovers from the loss of her mother Ruth Adkins, 22-year-old Kevin Christiansen Jr. headed into court to face a murder charge.

The county prosecutor said on Wednesday, 59-year-old Adkins took her step-grandson to the Wayne Valley Health facility for medications.

The prosecutor says that is when the mentally ill young man beat Ruth Adkins about her head.

Clark claims that no one in the hospital helped when Christiansen began to hit Adkins in the head.

In a statement, Valley Health says workers immediately contacted 911 and law enforcement as the altercation happened. And, they say authorities were on scene in moments.

The injured Adkins then took her step-grandson to the courthouse for a mental hygiene hearing in an attempt to get him involuntarily committed but that petition was denied.

Then the prosecutor says a social worker took Christiansen to an inpatient mental health facility in Kenova.

Meanwhile Ruth Adkins' head trauma suddenly and drastically worsened, she was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Adkins daughter said; "My mom had been trying since May 13 to get a mental health order executed."

Kevin Christiansen Jr. was arrested without incident, pleaded not guilty to the murder charge thru a court appointed attorney, then was found incompetent to assist in his own defense.

Wayne County Prosecutor Tom Plymale stated: "He did not appear to know what was going on - Q: Any idea why this happened - no."

Betty Clark says, "She tried to help Kevin every day. There ain't no justice, I want my mom to rest in peace and Kevin - he needs help."

Kevin Christiansen Jr. will be sent to the Sharp Corrections Psychiatric Facility in Weston for a mental health evaluation, then he will return to court.