Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dad charged with manslaughter in death of 2-month-old daughter (Thurso, Quebec, Canada)


Interesting in that the reporters quote a neighbor, but there is no mention of the mother. Was there a mother in this home?


UPDATE: Thurso father charged with manslaughter in baby's death

Posted on 7/20/2015 4:26:00 PM by Alison Sandor and Ted Raymond

Charges have been upgraded against a 25-year-old Thurso, Quebec father, whose baby died Friday after showing signs of shaken baby syndrome.

The man, who cannot be named because of a publication ban was initially charged with aggravated assault Thursday, a day after the less than two-month old little girl was found unconscious and rushed to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

The charge of aggravated assault was dropped Monday and replaced with one of manslaughter following the little girl's death.

A 25-year-old man, the father of a nearly two-month-old baby who died in hospital on Friday, has charged with manslaughter.

The man's lawyer, Marc-André Cayen, maintains his client's innocence, and said he has no criminal past.

"He's doing the best he can, given the circumstances," said Cayen. "Like I said in French last week, it's not easy for anybody. We'll need to deal with the situation as it is right now."

Neighbour James Fineus tried to save the baby last week and told CTV Ottawa he was devastated to hear of her death.

"I tried to save this one," he said. "That's still hurting. I still have the image in my head of when I entered in that house and saw the baby on the floor. That's still here and I'm still traumatized."

Sûreté de Québec say their investigation is ongoing.

An autopsy for the infant is scheduled to take place this week.

The man is scheduled to return to court July 22nd, when lawyers may ask for a bail hearing.