Hearing for City Heights woman accused of attempting to drown infant daughter

A readiness conference will take place Tuesday morning in San Diego County Superior Court for a woman accused of attempting to drown her infant daughter at their City Heights apartment last year.

Whitney Holman, 23, was charged with attempted murder and child abuse after her then 9-month-old daughter was found unconscious in a bathtub. The girl survived.

On May 10, 2013, Holman herself called 911 to report that her daughter, Journey, was unconscious at their unit in the 4100 block of 42nd Street. Officers responded to find the girl unresponsive in a tub in her apartment. Journey wash rushed to Rady Children's Hospital, where she was admitted in critical condition and put on a ventilator.

Child Abuse Unit detectives arrested Holman a day later, and has been lodged in the Vista Detention Facility ever since. If convicted, she faces life in prison with the possibility of parole.

At a hearing last May, Andrea Burnett-Davis -- a woman claiming to be Holman’s relative -- told reporters that a friend of Holman had called authorities just days before the incident, saying that Holman was having suicidal thoughts. Davis said police spoke to Holman but took no action.

At Tuesday’s hearing, a judge will decide whether to set a trial date.

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