Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service is aware of numerous online posts alleging the identity of the victim and both parents charged in connection with the assault of their six-week-old daughter.
We understand this investigation is deeply troubling and has had a significant impact on the community resulting in an outpouring of support for the infant and condemnation of the two accused.
Many people may not be aware there is a court-imposed publication ban in currently in effect. The ban prohibits publishing the identity of the victim and any information that could lead to her identity, including the names of her accused parents. This ban applies to everyone – law enforcement, media outlets and members of the public.
As community members continue to process this matter and the legal proceedings progress, there are resources available for people who may be struggling with the information they have been exposed to.
Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional impact that results when an individual hears about the first-hand traumatic experiences of another. Each year thousands of Canadians endure the trauma of abuse, violence, natural disasters and other adverse events. These experiences can give rise to significant emotional issues that can profoundly disrupt lives and, at times, require contact with helping professionals.
For additional support contact:
www.wellnesstogether.caCMHA 24 Hour Distress Line of SW Alberta: 403-327-7905
Lethbridge Police Service
Parents charged in connection with assault and sexual assault of their six-week-old daughter – UPDATED
Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service has received numerous messages from the community in support of the six-week-old baby girl who remains in hospital.
Many have asked for an update on the infant’s condition and how the public can help her. While LPS is limited by privacy restrictions on what information can be disclosed, police can advise the infant remains in critical condition in Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. She is receiving the highest level of care and all her needs are currently being met by her caregivers.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out in support of the baby.
Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Police have charged a father and mother in connection with the assault and sexual assault of their six-week-old daughter.
On January 18, 2023 police were called to a north side home to check on the welfare of a six-week-old baby girl after receiving information she was being abused. Upon arrival officers located the baby in medical distress. Both the mother and father were present in the home. EMS subsequently transported the baby to hospital. Her injuries were found to be extensive and she is currently in critical condition.
Investigation determined the baby had been assaulted and sexually assaulted multiple times over the past six weeks.
A 52-year-old male is charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, sexual interference and failing to provide the necessaries of life. A 31-year-old woman is charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life. Following Judicial Interim Release hearings, both were remanded in custody and scheduled to appear in court today.
Police are unable to identify the parents in order to protect the identity of the victim.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released.
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