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Lawyer wants to determine if Charlottetown woman is fit to stand trial in double infanticide case

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A lawyer for a woman charged with two counts of infanticide plans to seek a determination if his client is fit to stand trial.

Shannon Dawn Rayner.
Shannon Dawn Rayner.

Thane MacEachern says he plans to file applications Nov. 1 to have Shannon Dawn Rayner assessed for her fitness to stand trial and also to determine if she is criminally responsible for the charges she faces.

Court documents state Rayner, 39, of Charlottetown willfully failed to obtain medical assistance for a child in 2014 between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28, and again for a second child in 2016 between Nov. 16 and 18.

In both cases, Rayner is accused of 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 has been 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.

The next court date for the case in Nov. 1.

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