Hours after charging two caregivers in the three-year investigation into Serenity Rabbit’s life and death, RCMP said the injury that killed the four-year-old was not “criminal in nature.”

Serenity’s aunt and uncle, 56-year-old Brenda Rabbit and 55-year-old Clyde Rabbit, were charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in relation to the circumstances the child lived in while under their care.

The Maskwacis child died in September 2014 after she was admitted to the hospital with a fractured skull.

RCMP explained the charges on Friday night:

“The RCMP wish to clarify that the charge of failing to provide the necessaries of life, laid jointly against Brenda Rabbit and Clyde Rabbit, was in relation to the circumstances and conditions in which four-year-old Serenity Rabbit lived while under their care. 

“After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the specific injury which caused Serenity's death was not criminal in nature.”

Brenda and Clyde Rabbit are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 9.