Crime & Courts

Pennsylvania woman charged in Woodstock child abduction is unfit to stand trial, expert finds

Since the 21-year-old’s arrival at McHenry County Jail, mental health issues have complicated her ability to communicate with attorneys, assist with defense

A 21-year-old woman accused of abducting a Woodstock teenager and luring him to Pennsylvania will receive inpatient mental health treatment following a determination that she is unfit to stand trial.

Lilandra L. Redman, 21, will be transported to the Illinois Department of Human Services to receive treatment for mental health issues that have caused hallucinations, confusion and trouble concentrating, according to an Oct. 20 court order.

Redman was arrested on Sept. 16, 2020, in Pennsylvania during an investigation regarding a missing 16-year-old Woodstock boy.

Since Redman’s arrival at the McHenry County Jail, however, mental health issues have complicated her ability to communicate with her attorneys and assist with her own defense, according to Wednesday’s order.

A forensic psychologist’s report additionally noted that Redman has a documented history of mental illness and living in “institutionalized settings,” court records show.

By receiving mental health treatment in an inpatient setting, Redman could be “restored to fitness” or mentally well enough to assist with her own defense within 30 days, according to the order.

A treatment provider is expected to file a report detailing Redman’s treatment plan and goals within the next several weeks.

Redman and the boy met years earlier in an online chat room and communicated through social media and disposable phones that Redman allegedly provided the boy, police have said.

On Aug. 2, 2020, Redman took an Uber to the boy’s home and the pair flew together to Pennsylvania. The boy’s parents reported him missing the same day.

Police said the teenager reset his phone and left it in Illinois. He also left behind a note claiming that he traveled to New York with a woman named Jessica, police have said.

Officers with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office found the boy alone at Redman’s McKeesport, Pennsylvania, home and reunited the Woodstock resident with his family.

In addition to a felony count of child abduction, Redman was charged with multiple counts of child pornography, alleging that she took multiple sexually explicit screenshots of the 16-year-old boy between March 2 and June 25, 2020.

Redman remained at the McHenry County Jail Monday afternoon. Her case is scheduled for a status report regarding Redman’s mental fitness on Nov. 24.

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.