Twin girls’ parents charges upgraded to second degree murder

Charges against an Edmonton couple related to the alleged abuse of their twin two-year-old daughters are being upgraded from aggravated assault to second degree murder.

The Crown Prosecutor’s Office will be upgrading the charges Friday, in consultation with the Edmonton Police Service’s Homicide Section, following the death of one of the girls, who had been removed from life support Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, while in hospital.

The parents of the twin girls are now facing charges of one count each of second degree murder, one count each of aggravated assaultone count each of criminal negligence causing death and two counts each of failing to provide the necessities of life.

The accused are scheduled to appear in court today, Friday, February 22, 2013. 

The names of the accused cannot be released to protect the identities of the children. A third child, a young boy, was unharmed, and has since been taken into foster care. 

Background:

On May 25, 2012, EMS paramedics were called to the couple’s residence, where they found one of the twins in cardiac arrest, and the other with numerous injuries. Paramedics successfully revived the one girl, who had sustained life-threatening brain trauma, before transporting the twins to hospital. The one girl was placed on life support. 

The girls were assessed by physicians and found to be severely malnourished; one girl weighing 13 pounds and her sister 16 pounds.

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