The preliminary hearing for a woman accused in the purported drug-caused death of her fetus has been postponed to allow her attorney more time to research the case.
Dayna Pittman was arrested March 4 and charged with child-abuse homicide after an autopsy concluded that the baby, born dead on Jan. 17, died of a methamphetamine overdose. Child-abuse homicide is a second degree felony that carries a sentence of one to 15 years in a state prison.Defense attorney Doug Terry said he has not had enough time to adequately research the case, which he said was the first of its kind in Utah.
Fifth District Court Judge James Shumate granted a continuance of the preliminary hearing until April 2.
Prosecutor Brent Langston did not object to the continuance but asked the judge to impose additional restrictions if Pittman is able to post $10,000 bail. He asked that Pittman be required to check in daily with the court and that the court revoke bail if Pittman uses drugs or alcohol again.