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Hearing for mom accused of trying to drown baby

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a woman accused of trying to drown her 9-month-old daughter in the tub at her City Heights apartment.

Whitney Holman, 22, is charged with premeditated attempted murder and child abuse.

At the hearing last May, Andrea Burnett-Davis, who told reporters she was a relative of the defendant, said a friend of Holman's called authorities two days before the young woman's arrest, saying Holman was having suicidal thoughts.

Police spoke to Holman but took no action, according to Burnett-Davis, who said Child Protective Services should have done something to help Holman with her mental health issues. She said Holman loved her baby.

"Many, many people are losing their children for all the wrong things, all the wrong reasons," Burnett-Davis said then. "And the people who are really out there needing the help are not getting the services. The system is crazy."

It was Holman who called 911 on May 10. Officers found her baby -- named Journey -- unresponsive in a tub in her apartment. Paramedics rushed Journey to Rady Children's Hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition and put on a ventilator.

Within days, she was off the ventilator, relatives said. Her long-term health prospects are unclear.

Following Tuesday's preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if enough evidence was presented for Holman to stand trial. She faces life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Michelle Ialeggio.

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