A Granby couple arrested in the death of a seven-year-old girl on April 30, will be back in court on Thursday for a bail hearing.
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The girl’s father faces charges of kidnapping, while his wife is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault.
The Crown indicated that further charges may be laid, including negligence causing death and manslaughter once it further examines the evidence, including the autopsy report and the preliminary results of the police investigation.
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Hundreds of people attended the girl’s funeral, which took place on May 9 at Saint-Eugène de Granby Church.
Her death sparked an uproar over the youth protection system in Quebec. Authorities have ordered an investigation into the case, including a public coroner’s inquiry.
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The case of a couple charged with the mistreatment of a seven-year-old girl who died last month has been put off.
Neither accused was present Thursday as their expected bail hearing was postponed at the courthouse in Granby, Que., about 80 kilometres east of Montreal.
The girls father, 30, and stepmother, 35, were each charged with unlawful confinement while the woman was also charged with aggravated assault.
The girl died in hospital shortly after the couples initial April 30 court appearance, one day after being found in the family home.
The identities of the two accused are protected by a publication ban to protect the identity of the young victim.
Since her death, the Crown has been weighing whether to upgrade the charges but has not yet done so.
A spokesman for the provinces prosecution service says they are taking a closer look at the evidence, notably the autopsy report and the preliminary results of the police investigation, before deciding how to proceed.
Several investigations have been ordered into the handling of the death of the young girl, including a coroners inquest.