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Accused in P.E.I. infanticide case to undergo mental health assessment

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Shannon Dawn Rayner will be back in court Dec. 12

A Charlottetown woman charged with two counts of infanticide will undergo a 30-day mental health assessment to determine her mental fitness.

On Wednesday, Charlottetown Provincial Court Judge John Douglas accepted the application for the mental health assessment for the accused – Shannon Dawn Rayner.

Shannon Dawn Rayner
Shannon Dawn Rayner

Rayner was 39 years old in July when she was charged with two counts of infanticide and two counts of disposing of the dead body of a child with intent to conceal the fact it had been delivered. According to court documents, she is accused of willfully failing to obtain medical assistance for a child between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, 2014, and again for a second child between Nov. 16 and Nov. 18, 2016.

Rayner is further charged with disposing of the dead body of a child with intent to conceal the fact the baby was born by concealing it in a bag and placing it in a waste bin.

Rayner is currently not being held in custody.

Douglas adjourned the matter to Dec. 12 to allow for the completion of the mental health assessment.


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