CRIME

Lawyer questions mental state of man accused of trying to kidnap 5-year-old Utah girl

  • Troy Mitchell Morley, 48, accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her, makes his first appearance in a Salt Lake City court, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Morley was arrested on Nov. 7, 2014, after he allegedly kidnapped the girl from her Sandy, Utah, home. The girl's father foiled the abduction attempt by talking with the man on the front lawn and persuading him to give the girl back. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool)

    Troy Mitchell Morley, 48, accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her, makes his first appearance in a Salt Lake City court, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Morley was arrested on Nov. 7, 2014, after he allegedly kidnapped the girl from her Sandy, Utah, home. The girl's father foiled the abduction attempt by talking with the man on the front lawn and persuading him to give the girl back. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Troy Mitchell Morley, 48, left, accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her, makes his first appearance in a Salt Lake City court, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Morley was arrested on Nov. 7, 2014, after he allegedly kidnapped the girl from her Sandy, Utah, home. The girl's father foiled the abduction attempt by talking with the man on the front lawn and persuading him to give the girl back. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool)

    Troy Mitchell Morley, 48, left, accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her, makes his first appearance in a Salt Lake City court, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Morley was arrested on Nov. 7, 2014, after he allegedly kidnapped the girl from her Sandy, Utah, home. The girl's father foiled the abduction attempt by talking with the man on the front lawn and persuading him to give the girl back. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Troy Mitchell Morley, 48, left, accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her, makes his first appearance in a Salt Lake City court alongside his attorney Robert Kraft on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Morley was arrested on Nov. 7, 2014, after he allegedly kidnapped the girl from her Sandy, Utah, home. The girl's father foiled the abduction attempt by talking with the man on the front lawn and persuading him to give the girl back. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool)

    Troy Mitchell Morley, 48, left, accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed and trying to kidnap her, makes his first appearance in a Salt Lake City court alongside his attorney Robert Kraft on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Morley was arrested on Nov. 7, 2014, after he allegedly kidnapped the girl from her Sandy, Utah, home. The girl's father foiled the abduction attempt by talking with the man on the front lawn and persuading him to give the girl back. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The defense attorney for a Utah man accused of grabbing a 5-year-old girl from her bed in a kidnapping thwarted by her father is questioning his client's mental state.

Lawyer Roger Kraft said Tuesday in 48-year-old Troy Morley's first court appearance that he would likely seek an exam to determine his client's competency for trial. Morley appeared calm in court.

Morley is facing charges including burglary and child kidnapping, which carries a maximum possible sentence of life in prison. He's being held on $2 million bail.

Police say Morley entered the house on Nov. 7 and snatched the young daughter of Stephanie and Aaron Edson, who awoke and confronted the intruder.

Authorities say Morley handed her back and was caught a few blocks away in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy.