Australian nanny Louise Sullivan on Monday denied murdering a 6-month-old baby in her care.
During the brief pretrial hearing at London's Old Bailey, Sullivan said little. But when asked whether she murdered Caroline Jongen at the child's north London home in April, she replied firmly, "Not guilty."Judge John Blofeld rescheduled the trial for the second week of January after Sullivan's lawyer, Nadine Radford, said the defense is instructing eight medical experts and will not be ready to present its case Nov. 16, the original trial date.
Sullivan, 26, of Sydney, remains free on bail on condition that she does not seek employment that involves caring for children under 16 and does not apply for travel documents.
Police had originally charged her with inflicting grievous bodily harm to the youngster, who was hospitalized April 17 and died four days later when her life-support machine was switched off.
Last month, police changed the charge to murder and Sullivan was committed for trial.