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Mental exam ordered for man accused of burning his mom

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for an Eau Claire County man accused of burning his elderly mother while he had the power of attorney for her medical care.  

49-year-old Kurt Krenz of Fall Creek failed to make a televised court appearance from his jail cell Monday. So Circuit Judge Paul Lenz set bond at $1,000, and ordered an exam to see if he's competent to help with his defense.  

A hearing on that is set for February 12th.  

Krenz is charged with a felony count of subjecting a person at-risk to possible abuse. Prosecutors said Krenz burned his 85-year-old mother twice in November and December, while she was dealing with a number of medical problems that included diabetes and a stroke.  

Krenz reportedly told authorities he warmed his mother's feet for too long, using a hair dryer and an extremely hot water bottle. The woman, who cannot speak, was taken into protective custody late last week.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)