A psychiatric exam for a Dartmouth woman has found her fit to stand trial on charges of failing to provide the necessities of life to her two-year-old daughter.

In June, a judge ordered the 21-day assessment to assess the mental state of Susan MacDonnell, 42. She was charged after her daughter became more ill while being treated at the IWK Health Centre.

Police accuse her of failing to provide the necessities of life, criminal negligence and unlawfully endangering Rachel MacDonnell's life.

Susan MacDonnell will stay in hospital in Halifax for at least the next two months and is due in court in September to answer to the charges.

There is a publication ban on evidence that led to the psychiatric assessment order.