'This is an agonizing case': Alberta stays charges in death of Indigenous girl
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The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019 9:12PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:26AM EDT
EDMONTON - The Alberta Crown has stayed charges against two caregivers of a four-year-old Indigenous girl who died.
The relatives of the girl known as Serenity were each charged in 2017 of failing to provide the necessaries of life, although the charges were not related to her death.
The Crown says it came to the decision after reassessing evidence called at a preliminary hearing and determined there was no reasonable likelihood of getting convictions.
Serenity had a severe brain injury when she was taken to hospital in September 2014 where doctors noticed she was underweight and had multiple bruises.
She remained on life support for about a week before she died.
Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says the United Conservative government was not involved in the decision to stay the charges.