SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The man charged with kidnapping an 11-year-old girl in Springfield last week was back in court Wednesday morning.
A dangerousness hearing was held for 24-year-old Miguel Rodriguez.
In a bright, orange sweater, wearing hand cuffs, Miguel Rodriguez faced a judge in Springfield distinct court on Wednesday.
Rodriguez is accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia while she walked home after getting off the school bus last week.
Hours later, after an amber alert was sent out, a car driven by Rodriguez was pulled over with Charlotte inside.
During court, Andrew Burke, a licensed physiologist, gave a brief statement on his evaluation on Rodriguez.
"His attorney indicated to his client to not speak with me, so I did not have much information except for the knowledge of Mr. Rodriguez's psychiatric history," stated Burke.
Burke says he met with Rodriguez briefly, telling the judge he does not believe Rodriguez is fit to stand trial, but Rodriguez's lawyer described the situation differently.
"[He responded to your questions?] Yes he did. [He responded appropriately] Yes. [And accurately?] Yes," explained Burke.
Following arguments, the judge ruled Rodriguez to be committed to Bridgewater State Hospital for observation for twenty days.
Western Mass New spoke with the District Attorney Anthony Gulluni after court.
"It certainly wasn't a surprise to us that mental health has been put forward as a potential issue," said Gulluni.
Gulluni tells Western Mass News the state's goal is to keep Rodriguez behind bars.
"It doesn’t interfere or obstruct any of the rights of the Commonwealth for pretrial detention or any of our rights to enforce the law going forward. Our expectation is that he will be held in custody," added Gulluni.
Rodriguez is still being held with out bail.
His next court appearance is scheduled for February 11.