Judge orders psych evaluation for suspect charged in abduction of 11-year-old girl in Springfield

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The suspect charged in the abduction of 11-year-old girl will be held without bail after his arraignment in court Wednesday.

24- year old Miguel Rodriguez is being held without bail for 20 days for a psych evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. The dangerousness hearing that was scheduled Wednesday morning is now delayed until the evaluation is finished.

Hampden County DA Anthony Gulluni spoke to 22News after Wednesday’s hearing.

“Our expectation is that he’ll be held in custody. He’s being held without the right to bail presently. While not being held at a detention facility here in the county, he’s held at a locked facility at a state hospital. And we will pursue this case as aggressively as possible and as aggressively as the law allows.”

-Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni

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Rodriguez is facing charges of kidnapping, assault, and battery with a dangerous weapon, and witness intimidation. He has been held without the right to bail since his arraignment on January 16.

A dangerousness hearing is when the state requests a judge to hold a defendant without bail for up to 120 days. It will be up to the judge to determine if Rodriguez will wait for his pretrial hearing in jail.

Factors the judge may consider include Rodriguez’s potential danger to the community, his family ties, and history of mental illness. He pled not guilty to all the charges against him.

Rodriguez allegedly abducted the girl as she walked home after school in Springfield on January 15. An amber alert was issued for a blue Honda Civic and civilians later spotted that car on the mass pike. Police found the girl in that car and arrested Rodriguez.

22 News will be streaming live in court and will continue to give you the latest updates as information becomes available.

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