The case of a mother from Mount Pleasant, N.S., charged with impaired driving in the death of her nine-year-old daughter in January, has been put over until June.
Candice Roxanne Moore, 30, did not appear when her case came to Bridgewater Provincial Court on Wednesday.
The legal aid lawyer representing her said Moore needs more time to review the case.
Moore is facing four charges in the death of her daughter Olive. The girl was hit by a minivan as it was driving away in the Pleasantville area of Lunenburg County around 12 p.m. on Jan. 19.
Moore was later arrested at the hospital but was released from custody shortly after.
She is facing charges of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death — charges which according to the Criminal Code of Canada show a "wanton and reckless disregard for lives and the safety of others." She is also facing charges of impaired driving causing death and refusing the breathalyzer.
Moore has yet to enter a plea or to decide on trial by judge or jury. She’s due back in court June 19.
Const. Ted Munro of the Lunenburg County RCMP has said Moore was driving her daughter to a relative's house on Corkum Road in Pleasantville but the driveway at that house was impassable. Munro said Moore pulled off onto a sideroad near the house and the girl was to walk from there.
Munro said as Moore was pulling away, the girl was struck.
He said three of the girl's siblings were with Moore in the minivan at the time of the accident.
At the beginning of May, Nova Scotia implemented tougher penalties against drivers convicted of driving drunk with children in the car.
Drivers who blow above the legal limit of 0.08 still face charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, but now offenders driving with children can lose their licence for at least two years and be forced to install an interlock device in their vehicle.
The interlock prevents a car from starting unless the driver's breath is free of alcohol and would be installed at the driver's expense.
The government said 22 people die in alcohol related collisions each year in Nova Scotia.