TOWSON, Md. (WJZ/AP) — The lawyer for a man charged with killing the mother of his daughters and fleeing to South Carolina with one of their children has entered a plea of not criminally responsible.

Mark Van Bavel entered the plea Thursday in Baltimore County Circuit Court. He says Timothy Virts is not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

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Police say Virts stabbed the woman to death on March 6 in her Dundalk home, then kidnapped one daughter. The two were found March 7 in Florence, S.C.

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Van Bavel said that given the nature of the alleged offenses, it is appropriate that his client undergo a psychological examination.

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