Toronto Sun

September 14, 2002

In jail, mom to miss tot's funeral

By SAM PAZZANO -- Courts Bureau
Toronto Sun

A young mom charged in the death of her 2-year-old child who died of dehydration was remanded in custody until Monday and will likely miss her tot's funeral today.

Clara DaSilva, 22, acknowledged her family members in a brief court appearance yesterday. She is due back in court for a bail hearing Monday.

Lawyer Joseph Wilkinson didn't ask for a judge's order for an escorted pass, which would have enabled DaSilva to attend today's funeral for her daughter Adrianna Maria Henriques DaSilva.

Wilkinson said he didn't know whether DaSilva applied for a pass from the Metro West Detention Centre, where she is being held.

Ciaran Ganley, a spokesman for the ministry of public safety and security, said he couldn't discuss DaSilva's specific case and therefore couldn't confirm whether she has applied.

But every inmate is entitled to request a temporary absence pass, Ganley said.

"Every request is reviewed by (the jail's) superintendent in consultation with other ministry officials, who consider a host of factors, including risk analysis and the inmate's status," Ganley said.

DaSilva was charged Wednesday with criminal negligence causing death after it was alleged her child was left alone for a day without food or water in a non-air-conditioned North York apartment.

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