Nova Scotia

Charge of hiding dead baby dropped

A Liverpool man no longer faces a charge of hiding his baby's body in a stove.

A Liverpool, N.S., man no longer faces a charge of hiding his baby's body in a stove.

Andrew Gary Cunningham's trial was set to begin on Tuesday. But the judge dismissed the charge after the prosecutor said there was no reasonable chance of a conviction, the Chronicle Herald reported.

Cunningham, 33, was accused of concealing the body in an oven in an old stove between Oct. 7, 2009, and Oct. 12, 2009. In January, he pleaded not guilty.

Amanda Lynne Oickle, Cunningham's partner and mother of the baby, pleaded guilty to failing to get help during childbirth and concealing a body.

In November, the 25-year-old was handed a suspended sentence and sentenced to three years of probation.

Oickle and Cunningham were arrested on Oct. 12, 2009, when they brought a dead baby boy to Queens General Hospital in Liverpool. Hospital staff called police.

RCMP said the baby likely died shortly after Oickle gave birth at her home five days earlier.

Family and friends said they believed that Oickle was pregnant but she denied it.

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