ST. CLOUD -- A St. Cloud man charged with stabbing a girl at Walmart has been found mentally ill and is being committed to a state facility.

According to the Stearns County Attorney's Office, 30-year-old Christian De Beche has been found incompetent to stand trial and will be entered into the state of Minnesota's Restoration to Competency Program for up to six months. Criminal charges are still possible if De Beche is found competent after completing the program.

Records show the victim and her mother were shopping at the St. Cloud Walmart store in April when they noticed a man who appeared to be following them throughout the store. The mother told police that just prior to the stabbing, De Beche was standing next to them. She testified she heard a noise and looked over to see the man appear to be choking her daughter. She then realized her daughter was stabbed as she fell to the ground.

Security arrived and detained De Beche who records show made statements consistent with “I did it,” “I’m guilty,” and “Arrest me”.

Police arrived to find the girl lying in an aisle in a pool of blood with a stab wound to her back and shoulder area and a three-inch folding knife nearby.

The girl told police she doesn’t know De Beche and he didn’t make any comments prior to the attack.

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