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P.E.I. woman to be sentenced Nov. 25 in triple 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 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. - Jim Day
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Shannon Dawn Rayner
Shannon Dawn Rayner

 

A P.E.I. woman who pleaded guilty to three counts of infanticide is now scheduled to learn her fate later this month following a delay in sentencing.

On Friday, provincial court Judge John Douglas set Nov. 25 for delivering his sentence on 40-year-old Shannon Dawn Rayner.

Rayner was last in court on Sept. 30 when the Crown argued for a sentence of more than seven years in prison on three counts of infanticide, one count of concealing the body of a child and one count of theft.

The defence is seeking a three-year sentence.

Charlottetown police started their investigation into two of Rayner’s pregnancies in 2017 after receiving information from obstetrics and gynecology services and Health P.E.I.

Two of the babies’ bodies were later found in Rayner’s mother’s home after she contacted police and the third was in a shed on the mother’s property.

Rayner remains in custody while she awaits sentencing.

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