Trial delayed for mother accused of eating rat poison prior to death of newborn

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The trial for an Indianapolis woman accused of ingesting rat poison prior to the death of her newborn daughter in 2011 has been delayed.

Marion Superior Judge Shelia Carlisle approved a request to delay the April 22 trial for 36-year-old Bei Bei Shuai.

Prosecutors requested the delay due to large amounts of evidence and documents they said they needed to review in the case.

Shuai was charged with murder and attempted feticide for allegedly eating the poison while she was pregnant. She gave birth to the baby girl on Dec. 31, 2010.

The coroner’s report said Shuai’s baby died two days later from consumption of rat poison. However, a Marion County judge ruled in Jan. 2013 that that conclusion cannot be used.

Defense attorneys have argued Shuai was trying to commit suicide and that she should not be prosecuted for trying to harm herself. In May 2012, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled the charges against Shuai will stand.

Shuai was granted bond that same month, something that is not typically given to murder suspects.

A new trial date has not been selected at this time.

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