Toddler’s mom wanted to plead guilty

A Mountie says the mother of a little girl who died from a methadone overdose said she wanted to plead guilty to manslaughter shortly after her arrest.

CALGARY — A Mountie says the mother of a little girl who died from a methadone overdose said she wanted to plead guilty to manslaughter shortly after her arrest.

RCMP Const. Simon Bentley said he arrested Lisa Guerin in Nanaimo, B.C., last June 23, more than three years after the death of Summer Hope.

Bentley, who arrested Guerin for manslaughter at the request of Calgary police, testified via video link from Nanaimo. He said Guerin said she wanted to plead guilty while in the back of the cruiser.

Guerin is charged along with her child’s father, Jonathan Hope, in 16-month-old Summer’s death inside their Calgary home on April 29, 2006.

They are also charged with criminal negligence and failing parental duties.

Defence lawyer Adriano Iovinelli, is challenging the admissibility of Guerin’s comment, and subsequent utterings in court,

Guerin made a brief appearance before a judge at the Nanaimo courthouse, court heard.

In a recording of that proceeding, played in court, Guerin reiterated her wish to dispose of her criminal matter.

“It’s been four years, I’m sick and tired of it,” she told the judge. “I just want to plead guilty and get it over with.”