A 42-year-old Dartmouth woman accused of injuring her daughter will be sent for a 21-day psychiatric assessment to see if she is criminally responsible for her actions.

The assessment will look into Susan MacDonnell's mental state at the time she allegedly deliberately harmed her two-year-old daughter Rachel.

MacDonnell has already been found fit to stand trial.

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

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