A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Strathroy mother and her former partner, both charged in the scalding death of her 20-month-old toddler.
The London Free Press reports one of the accused, 30-year-old Amanda Dumont, appeared in court Monday but is ill after undergoing surgery late last week for appendicitis.
Dumont and her former partner, 27-year-old Scott Bakker, were charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and criminal negligence causing death following the death of 20-month-old Ryker Daponte-Michaud in May, 2014.
On Monday, the judge noted that she has been prescribed narcotics and as a result cannot fully participate, which is a “fundamental right”.
The London Free Press reports that a lawyer has another trial in the New Year and a juror has a trip booked for the holidays, complicating any attempts at rescheduling.
The case returns to court on Tuesday where officials hope to set a new trial date.