Doctors appointed to evaluate attempted murderer Kimberly Felder’s mental health

EUREKA – Doctors have been appointed to assess attempted murderer Kimberly Felder’s mental health.
Ferndale resident Kimberly Felder is accused of trying to kill her 11-year-old daughter on Centerville Beach in June of this year. Investigators say she attempted to perform an exorcism on the girl, repeatedly striking her with driftwood and shoving sand in her mouth and eyes. A bystander intervened and Felder was taken in to custody.
The 45-year-old mother of three did not appear in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine who would conduct her mental health evaluation.
A previously appointed provider estimated $10,000 for the evaluation, so the courts opted for two doctors out of U.C. San Francisco.
A hearing to update the status of those reports is set for November 28th.
Felder has pled not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple charges including attempted homicide, child abuse, and assault with a deadly weapon. She remains in jail on $600,000 bail.