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Mother to stand trial in death of girl

Toronto Star, MICHELLE SHEPHARD, STAFF REPORTER, Jan. 10, 2004.

A judge has ruled that Clara Dasilva must stand trial for the death of her 2-year-old daughter, who died of dehydration after police said she was left alone for hours in an apartment.

Dasilva sat expressionless in the courtroom yesterday as the judge committed her case to trial for manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death, following a preliminary hearing.

A publication ban prevents the reporting of the reasons for the judge's ruling. Dasilva said she did not want to comment as she left the Finch Ave. W. Ontario Court of Justice courthouse with her father.

Police said little Adrianna was left alone in Dasilva's apartment, near Victoria Park Ave. and Eglinton Ave. E., for up to 12 hours. When Dasilva, 22 at the time, returned to the Biggin Court apartment Sept. 9, 2002, she found her daughter dead, police said.

Antonio Dasilva, who has posted bail for his daughter to live with him until the trial, said at his granddaughter's funeral that Adrianna was his "best friend."

"She would take my hand and go around. She's gone. I did what I could," he said in her eulogy.

Dasilva had lived alone in the apartment, having broken up with her boyfriend Mark Yetman about a year earlier.

Yetman has said he continued to see Adrianna two or three times a week.

When police first arrested Dasilva she was charged with criminal negligence causing death, but a later charge of manslaughter was added.

At the time, police wouldn't comment on the additional charge, except to say that it was laid following a "continuing investigation."