Funeral service held for 'Baby M'
Published Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:18PM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, September 22, 2012 6:23PM MDT
‘Baby M’ – a toddler allegedly abused by her parents, was laid to rest Saturday afternoon.
Dozens gathered at a north Edmonton mosque Saturday for the baby’s funeral.
Two-year-old 'M,' who cannot be identified, was carried in a small pink casket.
The child’s parents – who are in custody facing charges of aggravated assault, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and failing to provide the necessities of life - were allowed to attend the funeral, escorted by sheriffs.
‘M’ died Thursday after being taken off life support. She had been on a ventilator since she and her twin sister were found severely underweight and malnourished – then taken to hospital in May. ‘M’ had suffered a life-threatening head injury.
Another little boy was also found in the house – he is currently in foster care.
M had been at the centre of a court battle for much of last week, after a judge ordered the toddler be removed from life support. Her parents had appealed the order, taking it to the Supreme Court – but their appeal was dismissed and M died after being taken off life support on Thursday.
The charges her parents face could be upgraded or additional charges could be added, now that ‘M’ has died.
A bail review for the parents has been scheduled for October 18.