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SANFORD, Fla. —The attorney for Rachel Fryer, the Sanford mother who admitted she buried her 2-year-old daughter in a shallow grave in Putnam County last week, said she doesn't understand what's happening and needs a psychiatric evaluation.

Assistant Public Defender Stuart Bryson, in court paperwork, is asking that Fryer be evaluated to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.

"The defendant is unable to assist counsel in her defense due to an inability to understand her current situation legally and to understand the ramifications of her actions," Bryson wrote.

Fryer, 32, is being held on $950,000 bond, charged with aggravated child neglect.

She told investigators last week that she buried her daughter, Tariji Gordon, in a yard in Crescent City after she found the child unresponsive in her Sanford apartment.

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