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SA mum fails to change plea on bub's death

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016

An Adelaide mother who admitted causing the death of her four-year-old daughter in a crash has failed in a bid to withdraw her guilty plea.

Kylie Anne Hie, 34, is charged with causing death by dangerous driving after she crashed a van into a truck in November 2013 while affected by methamphetamine, killing her daughter Charlotte.

She pleaded guilty to the crime in August this year but a day later applied to withdraw the plea, a move dismissed by the South Australian District Court on Wednesday.

"When she entered the plea of guilty ... she did this so she would not have to go through a trial," judge Paul Slattery said in his ruling.

"This was in accordance with all of the advice she had received from (her lawyer), including getting credit off sentencing for a guilty plea."

Hie argued she was affected by her emotions when she pleaded guilty, having visited the scene of the crash several times and erecting a shrine for her daughter.

After pleading guilty, she rang her psychologist, who said Hie was agitated, upset and talking about the scene of the crash, and how she wanted to change her plea.

But the court found she was in fact capable of making a deliberate and informed decision.

"I have no doubt that Ms Hie entered the plea with a full understanding of the charge and the case made against her," Judge Slattery said.

Hie will return to court on October 28.

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