Ottawa – An eastern Ontario court has scheduled three days of hearings to determine if a woman accused of shooting her unborn child with a pellet gun will face attempted murder charges.

Brenda Drummond, 28, was arrested in May after the son she had just given birth to was found to have suffered a pellet wound to the head. The child, Jonathan, underwent successful surgery to remove the pellet, and he has been released to the care of Drummond’s husband/

A judge will hear submissions from Drummond’s defence attorney and a Crown prosecutor Nov. 27-28, and if necessary, Jan. 21, 1997.

Drummond’s lawyer is expected to argue that his client should not face attempted murder charges because the Criminal Code does not recognize unborn children until they have fully passed from the womb. The case calls into question of matter of preborn legal protection.