Car­bon­ear man charged with daugh­ter’s mur­der

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A Car­bon­ear man charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the death of his five-year-old daugh­ter won’t be in court again un­til next month.

Trent Spencer Butt re­mained in hos­pi­tal at the Health Sci­ences Cen­tre last Tues­day, where two lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the Crown and de­fence were set to ap­pear with pro­vin­cial court judge David Orr pre­sid­ing. The 37-year-old’s case has been set over to May 11.

Butt was charged two days af­ter a fire de­stroyed his home on Hay­den Heights in Car­bon­ear. When firefighters ar­rived, the body of Butt’s five-year-old daugh­ter, Quinn Lorna-Kay Butt, was found in­side the house.

While the RCMP does not have the re­sults of the girl’s au­topsy, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion yielded enough ev­i­dence to pro­ceed with charg­ing the fa­ther.

“We found there was enough ev­i­dence to sup­port the charge of first-de­gree (mur­der),” said Staff Sgt. Howard Gale.

The man sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries, but Har­bour Grace RCMP said it’s ex­pected he will sur­vive. Butt is also charged with ar­son.

Har­bour Grace RCMP is ask­ing any­one who wit­nessed Sun­day’s early-morn­ing house fire in Car­bon­ear to get in touch.

Po­lice are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in speak­ing with wit­nesses who were in the area prior to the fire depart­ment’s ar­rival. Emer­gency re­spon­ders were there at ap­prox­i­mately 5 a.m. Sun­day.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion to share can call the Har­bour Grace de­tach­ment at 596-5014.

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