Edmonton Mom, Aunt Accused of Attempted Murder of Little Girl
The mother and aunt of a little Edmonton girl have been charged with her attempted murder and numerous child-abuse offences involving all five children in their care.
The two sisters appeared briefly by closed-circuit television Monday morning in an Edmonton provincial court. Dressed in bright yellow sweatshirts and sweatpants issued by the Edmonton Remand Centre, the pair showed little expression. One woman yawned when the prosecutor called the case a "serious and complex matter."
A court-ordered publication ban protects the names of the children, so their mothers' names cannot be released. CBC News will identify them by their initials, JL, age 24, and AM, age 23.
JL's daughter remains in hospital in serious but stable condition. Her mother and aunt are accused of committing the following crimes against her between July 1 and Dec. 16, 2017:
- Attempted murder
- Unlawful confinement
- Criminal negligence by not providing medical attention
- Failure to provide the necessaries of life
JL and AM are also accused of abusing JL's younger daughter over the same period of time. They are charged with her aggravated assault, abandonment, unlawful confinement, criminal negligence by not providing medical attention and failure to provide the necessaries of life.
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