7-year-old Granby girl whose death sparked sadness, outrage laid to rest

There was a funeral in Granby Thursday for the still-faceless, nameless 7-year-old girl whose death last week shocked and outraged Quebecers.

Hundreds of people filled the St. Eugene church in Granby for the service, as did some of the stuffed animals that were left outside the girl's home in the past week and a half.

The young girl died in hospital on April 30, one day after she was sent to hospital with severe injuries.

The girl's father has been charged with forcible confinement, while her stepmother was charged with confinement and aggravated assault — though prosecutors are suggesting more charges could be forthcoming.

Officials say the girl spent the first four years of her life being cared for by her grandmother, but the father was eventually awarded custody. As he was, the grandmother and concerned neighbors filed complaints about the father's fitness with youth protection services.

The girl and family members can't legally be identified, in order to protect the identity of her younger brother.

The child had a lengthy file at youth protection services. The province has ordered several investigations into her death and the role that youth protection services allegedly played in it.

The director of youth protection services in the Eastern Townships has also been suspended with pay in the wake of the girl's death.