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Shelby Herchak Sentencing: Date Set For Calgary Woman Who Killed Her Newborn Boy

11/08/2013 12:43 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
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CALGARY - A sentencing hearing has been set for next year for a Calgary woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her newborn boy.

Shelby Herchak was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 26-day-old son Daniel.

The infant died 10 hours after being rushed by paramedics to the Alberta Children's Hospital on Aug. 9, 2010.

Daniel suffered blunt-force head trauma, which an autopsy indicated was not accidental.

Court heard the force of the trauma was similar to what would be seen in a motor vehicle collision or a fall from a height of three metres.

Neither the Crown nor Herchak's lawyer have indicated what they will seek in terms of sentencing, but a psychological report was ordered by the judge.

The hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27.

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