Case of P.E.I. woman accused in baby deaths delayed for psychiatric assessment

The case of a Charlottetown woman accused of causing the deaths of two infants has been put off until next month, as the court awaits a psychiatric assessment report.

Shannon Dawn Rayner is facing two counts of infanticide in separate incidents in 2014 and 2016, as well as two counts of failing to seek assistance in child birth and two counts of disposing of a child’s body with intent to conceal the fact it had been delivered.

Crown attorney Valerie Moore said in an email Monday the matter was adjourned until Feb. 6 as the court awaits receipt of a mental health assessment report.

Court documents say the offences allegedly took place between Nov. 16 and 18, 2016, and between Feb. 1 and 28, 2014.

The documents allege that in both cases, Rayner put the bodies in bags before placing them in a waste bin.

It says the babies died “within a short time” of birth.

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