Life-support girl dies under court order

Sept. 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM
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EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Life-support for a comatose 30-month-old abused girl in Alberta was removed by court order in Edmonton and the child died, anonymous sources said.

Various media, including the Edmonton Sun and Canadian Broadcasting Corp., said the girl died Thursday night after the Supreme Court of Canada declined to overturn an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that she had no chance of recovering.

The girl, identified as "M," was taken from her home May 25 showing signs of beatings and starvation. She had head injuries and was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived, the court was told.

The bid to cease life-support was made by provincial child-care authorities who gained custody after her parents' arrests.

The 34-year-old Algerian immigrant parents have been jailed since May on charges of aggravated assault, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and failing to provide the necessities of life, the Edmonton Journal said.

Wednesday, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled the girl should be disconnected from life-support within 24 hours and granted each parent separate 20 minutes visitation under police supervision.

It wasn't reported whether the parents visited the child.

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