Father of 7-year-old Granby girl faces new charges

New charges have been filed in the case of a 7-year-old girl who died under tragic circumstances in Granby over a month ago.

The 30-year-old male accused faces new charges of child abandonment and failing to provide the necessities of life. He was initially charged with forcible confinement.

No new charges were filed against the co-accused, a 35-year-old woman, who is charged with aggravated assault and forcible confinement.

The new charges were announced during a scheduled bail hearing.

An SQ investigator testified in court about the dramatic and disturbing details of what they discovered the day the 7-year-old girl died in April.

The testimony is protected by a court-ordered publication ban.

The man and woman were arrested April 30, the day after first responders were called to a home where the victim was found in critical condition. She died the following day in hospital after being in a coma.

The couple sat emotionless in the prisoner's box during the investigator's testimony. During a short excerpt of the police interrogation video of one of the children in the house at the time, the male accused sat hunched over and looked at the floor. His co-accused looked at the floor during the entire hearing, her face hidden by her hair.

The courtroom, which can hold 60 members of the public, was packed. Members of the girl's family sat in the front row, including the birth mother. The audience could be heard murmuring during some of the more shocking details of the investigator's testimony.

The girl had been the subject of youth protection involvement for several years. The case prompted a government-ordered inquiry into youth protection services.

Neither the accused nor members of the girl's family can be named to protect the girl's indentity.