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Not Guilty Plea In Union City Toddler Sex Assault; Psych Exam Ordered

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Eugene Melendres Ramos

Eugene Melendres Ramos, a 36-year-old registered sex offender. (Fremont PD photo)

FREMONT  (AP) — A judge has ordered a Union City man charged with sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl in a Dollar Tree store to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Eugene Ramos, a registered sex offender, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday at the Fremont Hall of Justice to charges including attempted intercourse or sodomy with a child younger than 10.

Judge Dennis McLaughlin suspended criminal proceedings and ordered him to be evaluated by a doctor after he stopped responding to his attorney, Kristen McCannon, in court. McCannon also expressed concerns about whether Ramos was competent to stand trial.

Police say the 36-year-old Ramos sexually assaulted the toddler in a Union City Dollar Tree store on Dec. 1 while her family was shopping in the next aisle.

Ramos’ next court appearance is scheduled for March 25.

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