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Sentencing delayed in P.E.I. infanticide case

Police found the remains of an infant in this shed located at a residence in Sherwood on Friday after receiving a call about suspicion over a container. Shannon Dawn Rayner, who previously lived at the residence, has been charged with a third count of infanticide.
Police found the remains of an infant in this shed on May 7. Shannon Dawn Rayner, who previously lived at the residence on the Sherwood property, has been charged with a third count of infanticide. - Jim Day
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The sentencing date for a P.E.I. woman who pleaded guilty to three counts of infanticide was pushed back Tuesday because the agreed statement of facts in the case won’t be ready on time.

Shannon Dawn Rayner wasn’t in court when her case was called before Judge John Douglas in Charlottetown.

Rayner, who remains in custody since her arrest, was scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 10 on three counts of infanticide.

Her lawyer Thane MacEachern told the court the defence and Crown were making a joint request to adjourn the matter to a later date.

The court heard the two sides were in the process of preparing an agreed statement of facts before the sentencing date.

Rayner was initially charged with two counts of infanticide and was scheduled to be sentenced in June, but that changed after the police discovered a third body.

Charlottetown police previously reported finding two bodies at Rayner’s residence in September 2018.

Rayner was charged with the third count of infanticide after the police found skeletal remains in a shed at a residence in Charlottetown on May 7, 2019.

During Tuesday’s proceedings, Douglas adjourned the sentencing until Sept. 30.

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