Quebec man whose daughter's death sparked youth protection inquiry denied bail

The father of a seven-year-old Quebec girl whose death sparked several probes about the state of youth protection services in the province has been denied bail.

Quebec court Judge Serge Champoux ruled today the man, 30, would remain behind bars until there is a resolution to the charges he faces stemming from his daughter's death.

The man and the young girl's stepmother were charged one day after police found the girl in critical condition in her family home in Granby, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal. In the hours following their initial court appearance on April 30, the girl died in hospital.

The two accused, who cannot be identified to protect the girl's identity, have been detained since.

The bail hearing took place last week with a publication ban on the evidence.

The man faces three charges, failing to provide the necessities of life, child abandonment and unlawful confinement.

The girl's stepmother returns to court June 21 on charges of unlawful confinement and aggravated assault.