IN­FAN­TI­CIDE CASE AD­JOURNED TO NEXT MONTH

Shan­non Dawn Rayner sched­uled in court for elec­tion or plea Oct. 4

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

A woman charged with two counts of in­fan­ti­cide has had her case ad­journed again with her next court date set for Oct. 4 for elec­tion or plea.

Court doc­u­ments state Shan­non Dawn 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.

Rayner has been on con­di­tional re­lease with strict orders to be of good be­hav­iour, no­tify Char­lot­te­town po­lice of any change of ad­dress and/or oc­cu­pa­tion, re­frain from hav­ing un­su­per­vised care of any chil­dren un­der the age five and to sur­ren­der her pass­port to Char­lot­te­town Po­lice Ser­vices.

The Guardian con­firmed ear­lier Rayner worked at CHANCES, in­clud­ing dur­ing the time of her 2016 preg­nancy, but was not work­ing there at the time of her ar­rest.

CHANCES (Car­ing, Help­ing and Nur­tur­ing, Chil­dren Ev­ery Step) is a non-profit, char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion, that ex­ists to pro­vide a range of child devel­op­ment and par­ent sup­port ser­vices to chil­dren 11 years old and younger and to their fam­i­lies, par­tic­u­larly those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ad­di­tional life chal­lenges.

Ev­ery fe­male per­son who com­mits in­fan­ti­cide is guilty of an in­dictable of­fence and li­able to im­pris­on­ment for a term not ex­ceed­ing five years.

Po­lice re­ported in July charges re­lat­ing to the deaths of two ba­bies re­sulted from an in­ves­ti­ga­tion span­ning more than one year.

Char­lot­te­town Deputy Po­lice Chief Brad MacCon­nell told The Guardian the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was sparked by a per­son in the med­i­cal com­mu­nity com­ing for­ward last year not­ing Rayner had been preg­nant twice but did not have any chil­dren de­liv­ered in hospi­tal.

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