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The Bakersfield mother accused of trying to kill her own baby made her first appearance in court Tuesday.

Danielle Mailloux was scheduled to be arraigned, but it was pushed back until next Thursday while she hires an attorney.

Her bail was set at $675,000.

Mailloux faces two felony charges, including attempted murder and infliction of bodily injury to a child.

Investigators say she stabbed her six-week-old daughter multiple times with a kitchen knife on Sunday.

Her attorney had no comment and said the family has also been instructed not to speak to the media.

According to authorities, this isn’t the first time Mailloux has harmed one of her children. In 2009, the death of her 39-week-old, 7 pound fetus was ruled a homicide by the Coroner’s office.

“Homicide to us simply means that someone else caused the child’s death,” said Commander Dennis Smithson, Kern County Coroner’s Office. “It wasn’t natural cause, it wasn’t an accident, someone did something to the child that caused the death.”

Smithson says that “someone” was Mailloux and that “something” was drug use. “A toxicology report was done and the baby came back positive for a high level of methamphetamine.”

But, under California law authorities cannot criminally prosecute the mother for this type of death.

With regards to murder, the law says it shall not apply to any person who commits an act that results in the death of a fetus if any of the following apply: the act was solicited, aided, abetted or consented to by the mother of the fetus.

“She can abuse her body and in that way abuse the body of the fetus,” said District Attorney Lisa Green. “In that way there are no consequences under the law for those kinds of acts, at least in the state of California.

The 6-week-old girl was taken to Children’s Hospital Central California in stable condition on Sunday. The hospital would not release any information on her condition.

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