A Melbourne mother charged with the murder of her 14-month-old child has been excused from a court hearing amid concerns about her mental health.
Sofina Nikat, 22, was taken into custody on Tuesday after being charged with murdering her 14-month-old daughter Sanaya Sahib.
After being seen by a doctor and nurse who were worried about the effect a court appearance could have on her, Nikat was excused from court on Wednesday.
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"It's my client's preference she not be brought up," Defence counsel Michael McNamara said.
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Police on Tuesday said during a short court appearance Nikat had made "full admissions" during an interview to killing her daughter.
The matter is expected to return to court for a committal hearing in August.
A massive search involving volunteers and police began after reports emerged the child was missing. The toddler's body was found at Darebin Creek in Melbourne's north-east, on Sunday.