VIRGINIA BEACH -- A Virginia Beach mother accused of trying to poison her two young children to death will stand trial.
The case against Lorita Aiken was sent to the February grand jury follow Tuesday's preliminary hearing.
Prosecutors said Aiken tried to crush a potentially fatal mixture of prescription drugs and fed it to her children, ages four and five.
Also Tuesday, the homicide detective leading the investigation testified that Aiken told him she suffered from mental problems and tried to kill herself and her two kids so that they wouldn't fall victim to mental illness later in life.
Detective Timothy Jones testified when he first walked into Aiken's home early on the morning of November 22, 2013, he found a brown bag of empty prescription bottles on the stairway. Hesaid a short distance away sat a computer with the words you'll never hurt me and my kids again in red - letters made to look like blood. Jones told the judge signs with that phrase had been printed out and taped all over the house and over family photos.
Aiken's attorneys asked for and were granted an evaluation for sanity at the time of the offense. They stressed they didn't anticipate issues with her competency to stand trial, said Commonwealth's Attorney spokeswoman Macie Pridgen.
Aiken's next court date is March 26; the grand jury meets February 3.