Saturday, January 28, 2023
Home New Release Rally held at Lethbridge courthouse to support critically-injured infant

Rally held at Lethbridge courthouse to support critically-injured infant

WARNING: This article contains details that are disturbing.

Advocates and members of the community rallied in front of the Lethbridge courthouse Wednesday morning in support of the alleged victim in a local child abuse case.

This comes after Lethbridge police responded to a welfare call on Jan. 18 at a northside residence and found a six-week-old baby in medical distress with both parents in the home.

Investigators said the infant had been assaulted and sexually assaulted multiple times since birth.

The 52-year-old father and 31-year-old mother are both charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life, while the father faces additional charges of aggravated assault, sexual assault and sexual contact with a child.

Read more:

‘Everybody’s hurting’: Lethbridge vigil supports six-week-old baby in critical condition

Read next:

Paris Hilton welcomes 1st baby in adorable Instagram post

Story continues below advertisement

A publication ban forbids the release of any information that could identify the infant, including the parents’ names.

“Hearing about this story, it just really hit my heart,” said rally co-organizer and member of Dads on Guard Zak Gladue.

Gladue came from Edmonton to join around 20-30 people at the courthouse.

“I want to put a message to the survivors and victims out there: you’re not alone, you’ve got a community behind you that’s going to stand for you.”

On Wednesday, the court heard the mother has retained a lawyer, who asked for a bail hearing to be held at her next court appearance on Friday.

The father does not yet have legal representation and is also due back in court on Jan. 27.

Some rally attendees say as survivors of sexual abuse themselves, they feel connected to this case.

“We have groups from Edmonton, from Calgary, from Lethbridge, so a lot of people are coming in and having their voices heard with us,” explained Jack Shultz, who is a member of Dads on Guard and Communities Against Child Sexual Offenders.

Okanagan outreach group says violence against sex trade workers is common

“I want to stand here and support her,” added attendee Kaydenze Jewers.

Story continues below advertisement

Both accused remain in custody and the crown is opposing their release. The allegations against the parents have not been tested in court.

LPS updated the public on the child’s condition earlier this week, saying she is receiving the highest level of care at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary but remains in critical condition.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

B.C. mom calls for de-escalation training after autistic son handcuffed in hospital

A B.C. mother is calling for better de-escalation training for law enforcement after her 12-year-old son, who has autism, was handcuffed at BC Children’s...

Owen Sound Attack score big in second period in 6-3 win over Guelph Storm

The Guelph Storm had no chance against a bear from Owen Sound. The visiting Attack used a strong second period to beat Guelph 6-3 Friday...

Cyber attacks in space: How safe are our satellites?

As space becomes the latest frontier for human dominance, satellites are becoming ever-important for life on Earth to function. There are currently 10,352 satellites orbiting...

Curry’s 35 points send Warriors past Raptors, 129-117

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry had 35 points and 11 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 129-117 on Friday...