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A federal judge has ruled that an Ogden woman charged with six counts of mailing threatening communications must submit to psychiatric evaluation.

U.S. District Judge David Winder ordered Julie Estes to undergo examination at a federal detention center in Springfield, Mo., to determine if she is competent to stand trial.She is charged with using U.S. mails in 1988 to make six separate threats of bodily injury against another Ogden woman, Sherry Rick-etts.

Estes, indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 27, is charged with mailing four threats against Ricketts to Michael Howard of Ogden, a mutual acquaintance of both women, during April and September 1988.

Prosecutors charge that two more threatening communications were mailed directly to Ricketts in August and October.

Estes was arrested following an FBI investigation. At the time of her arrest, she was already in custody at the Salt Lake County Jail.

Authorities said Estes pleaded guilty in June 1985 in 2nd District Court to stuffing napkins down the throat of her 13-month-old daughter at an Ogden restaurant.