Baby L's mother to be evaluated

The mother accused of attempting to murder her daughter will undergo an evaluation.

The mother accused of trying to kill her two-year-old daughter cries in the stairwell leading to the holding cells at the Pretoria Magistrates Court, 6 January 2013. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - A Pretoria mother accused of attempting to murder her own daughter will be moved to a new police station to enable a psychologist to conduct an assessment of her emotional well being.

The 20-year-old woman launched a bail application on Tuesday.

Her partner and co-accused had his bail application date postponed.

The couple was arrested after a doctor reported the child, referred to as Baby L, had extensive injuries, which included a fractured skull.

The mother told the court she would plead not guilty to attempting to murder her two-year-old daughter and believes the state has a weak case against her.

She presented an affidavit from her daughter's pre-school teacher, who states that there were no signs of abuse and the toddler was happy to see her mother when being picked up from school.

Magistrate Pierre Wessels told the legal teams that in matters of this nature, it's prudent for the accused to present a psychological assessment to help the court decide on bail.

The matter resumes on Friday.

Meanwhile in Cape Town, police say a Delft father will be back in court on Monday next week for allegedly burying his toddler alive.

The 33-year-old man appeared in the Bellville Magistrates Court earlier this week and was denied bail.

He is facing a murder charge for allegedly killing his 18-month-old son last week.