Judge orders mental health evaluation at Palm Beach center
BY ADAM SACASA
SUN SENTINEL (TNS)
WEST PALM BEACH – Malachi Love-Robinson, the 18-year-old arrested last month on accusations of impersonating a doctor, has been ordered by a judge to have a mental health assessment.
The decision was made Wednesday as Love-Robinson had his first-appearance court hearing after he was arrested again.
The mental health assessment will have to be scheduled at the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health in West Palm Beach within the next 48 hours, the judge ordered.
Stolen check charges
Love-Robinson, of West Palm Beach, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday night on one count of larceny and five counts of using another person’s identification without consent, records show.
The teen’s latest charges stem from allegations that Love-Robinson was cashing checks stolen during house calls he made to an 86-year-old woman who said she found the 18-year-old through an online search.
An arrest report released Wednesday said Love-Robinson “criminally used” Anita Morrison’s checking account to make $34,504 toward payments for his auto loans and credit cards.
The judge also ordered no drugs, alcohol or weapons for Love-Robinson. The teen is also banned from practicing “any sort of medicine” while on supervised release and was also ordered not to have any contact with Morrison.
Third open case
Love-Robinson’s grandfather was at the hearing but didn’t speak during the hearing or afterward to reporters. The case is the third open case for the teen, according to the judge.
The teen was initially arrested Feb. 16 on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The arrest came after he gave physical exams and medical advice to people, including an undercover officer, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Following his initial arrest, Love-Robinson was able to bond out of jail.
Since the original allegations came to light, Love-Robinson found himself the subject of international media coverage.
On Feb. 18, he walked out in the middle of an interview with the ABC television program “Good Morning America” after telling the interviewer he didn’t like the way he was being portrayed.