Benjamin Jason Escobar, accused of stabbing his 7-month-old cousin in the neck and leaving him in a trash bin in Imperial, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Escobar's case is expected to go to trial in November.
Escobar is facing a charge of premeditated attempted murder in connection with the May 14 stabbing of his cousin Anthony Escalera.
Escobar, a Huntington Park resident, had been staying with family in Imperial when the stabbing occurred.
Authorities have alleged Escobar, 19, told them he heard voices that told him to kill. He reportedly first thought about killing an older relative but then decided to go after Anthony, according to investigators.
Anthony was stabbed in the neck, taken across the street and left in a trash bin with a white trash bag placed over him.