A former midwife has pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter in relation to the deaths of two babies during home births.
Lisa Barrett appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court over the deaths of Tully Kavanagh in October 2011 and another baby, who can’t be named, in December 2012, reports 9 news.
The two deaths were declared major crimes by police in 2013, with prosecutors alleging Ms Barrett failed to properly supervise the births.
After an inquest in 2012, South Australian Deputy Coroner Anthony Schapel found that Tully Kavanagh, the second of twins his mother planned to have at home, would have survived had he been delivered in a hospital.
He made similar findings in relation to the deaths of two other babies who died during home births in which Ms Barrett was involved. (not subject to charges)
Magistrate Elizabeth Sheppard continued Ms Barrett’s bail and committed her to the Supreme Court for arraignment in June.
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