14 Jan 2015

Murder accused granted bail

6:09 pm on 14 January 2015

An 18-year-old Christchurch woman been granted bail after appearing in court on a charge of murdering a baby.

Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand

Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand Photo: heavenaddress.com memorial website

One-year-old Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand died in hospital last week after suffering serious head injuries.

The accused woman had been babysitting the child last Wednesday and took her to Christchurch Hospital but the child died the next day.

The woman, who is five months pregnant, showed little reaction during the proceedings as she listened to discussion by her counsel and Judge Alistair Garland on whether she would get bail.

She was given interim name suppression and granted bail, with conditions including surrendering her passport and agreeing to a 24-hour curfew.

She is due to appear in the Christchurch High Court on 5 February.