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Washington landmark 'vandal' admitted to psychiatric ward

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Media captionVisitors to the monument talked to the BBC about the vandalism

A woman accused of vandalising the Lincoln Memorial and other Washington DC landmarks has been admitted to a hospital psychiatric ward.

Jiamei Tian, 58, was arrested at Washington's National Cathedral after two of its chapels were found splattered with green paint in July.

Her lawyer, Nancy Glass, told a judge if her client's mental condition stabilises, she could be released.

Police believe Ms Tian to be linked to the defacement of other statues.

Before the Cathedral incidents, the Lincoln Memorial and a statue on the National Mall were also vandalised with green paint.

Another hearing has been set for 18 September.

The accused, who is thought to be homeless, was released to a halfway house after her arrest in July. She is wearing a monitoring bracelet and was barred from having visitors.

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