Jailed parents to attend child's funeral

Sept. 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A judge granted a Canadian couple permission to attend the funeral of the young daughter they are accused of killing.

The 2-year-old girl was taken off life-support at an Edmonton hospital Thursday and was taken for burial Saturday.

The couple were ordered released from jail long enough to attend the service but the judge ordered them to not to speak to one another under the terms of a no-contact order issued in the case.

The parents, whose names were not released, are accused of aggravated assault and criminal negligence. They allegedly abused and starved their twin daughters.

The surviving girl and an older son, who was found to be in good health by police in May, are in foster care.

The Edmonton Journal said it was not known whether additional charges would be filed in the wake of their daughter's death.

The accused parents are Algerian immigrants. In keeping with their Muslim faith, the child had to buried within 24 hours of being pronounced dead.

Authorities, however, were able to conduct an autopsy Friday.

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