Father of Granby girl whose death shocked Quebec is released – Montreal Gazette

Father of Granby girl whose death shocked Quebec is released - Montreal Gazette
The father of slain Granby 7-year-old released on bail
GRANBY — The father of the 7-year-old Granby girl who died on April 30 after being found at home in troubling circumstances was released Thursday, but will have to meet several conditions.

His lawyer presented new evidence in a bid to have him released. Quebec Superior Court Judge Gaétan Dumas agreed to release the accused, but ordered him to remain at a specific place, to abide by a curfew and to report to the police every week.

The young victim’s death sparked outrage in the community and raised questions about the effectiveness of the province’s youth protection system, triggering a number of probes ordered by the Quebec government.

The man is also prohibited from using alcohol or drugs and possessing firearms. He will not be able to communicate with anyone involved in the case.

He was satisfied with the conditions – including living at a specific address, respecting a curfew, reporting to police weekly, abstaining from consuming alcohol or drugs and not possessing any weapons.

The man, 30, is accused of criminal negligence causing death, forcible confinement, failing to provide the necessities of life and child abandonment.

The evidence heard at his bail hearing today was under a publication ban, but at its conclusion a Quebec Superior Court justice agreed the 30-year-old man should be freed pending the outcome of his case.

The girl died in a hospital after being found injured at the family’s home in Granby. Her death triggered a shock wave in Quebec and led to the creation of a special commission tasked with examining the youth protection system in the province.

The young girl’s father faces four charges: criminal negligence causing death, unlawful confinement, failing to provide the necessities of life, and child abandonment.

A publication ban was ordered, meaning the victim and the accused cannot be named and the matters discussed in court cannot be shared.

The man was released on several conditions, and defence lawyer Martin Latour told reporters at the courthouse he was satisfied the presumption of innocence was respected.

Defence lawyer Martin Latour said he was “satisfied that the presumption of innocence prevailed” along with the rule that anyone presumed innocent “has the right to be free.”

The girl was found in critical condition in her family home in Granby, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal, on April 29 and died a day later in hospital.

Crown attorney Claude Robitaille said he was “disappointed,” but he respects the court’s decision.

GRANBY, Que. – The father of a slain 7-year-old Quebec girl at the centre of an alleged case of neglect has been granted bail by a judge.

The father of the 7-year-old Granby who died on April 30 after being found badly beaten at home was released Thursday.

His lawyer went to court to demand the release of his client by presenting new evidence, which is under a publication ban.

The victim’s stepmother faces one count of second-degree murder, unlawful confinement and aggravated assault.

The Superior Court of Quebec has agreed to release the accused, but by ordering him to remain at a specific place, to abide by a curfew and to report to the police every week.

The 30-year-old has been in prison since his daughters death, and her stepmother remains detained charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and forcible confinement.

The girls mother filed suit against youth protection agencies this week saying she and the girls grandmother raised multiple red flags by sending letters her lawyer said went unanswered.