Woman ac­cused of child abuse de­nied bail

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A woman fac­ing a slew of charges re­lated to al­le­ga­tions of vi­o­lent child abuse rolled her eyes as the prose­cu­tor ar­gued against her and her co-ac­cused be­ing re­leased on bail.

The two women — aged 23 and 25 — can­not be named be­cause of a pub­li­ca­tion ban in place to pro­tect the iden­ti­ties of the five chil­dren who were al­legedly abused.

The 25-year-old’s re­quest to be re­leased was de­nied Wed­nes­day by pro­vin­cial court Judge Steven Bilodeau fol­low­ing a bail re­view.

The 23-year-old’s lawyer asked for an ad­journ­ment that was granted, and he will ad­dress his client’s ap­pli­ca­tion for re­lease in late Septem­ber.

Ev­i­dence and ar­gu­ments heard dur­ing the hear­ing can­not be re­ported be­cause of a pub­li­ca­tion ban.

Both women were de­nied bail in Fe­bru­ary, but were able to seek a re­view of that de­ci­sion Wed­nes­day by Bilodeau af­ter he presided over a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing. The women ini­tially both faced a charge of at­tempted mur­der of a young girl, but the pros­e­cu­tion is no longer pro­ceed­ing on those charges.

The 25-year-old faces five counts of un­law­ful con­fine­ment and two counts each of ag­gra­vated as­sault, aban­don­ing a child, crim­i­nal neg­li­gence caus­ing bod­ily harm, and fail­ure to pro­vide the nec­es­saries of life. The 23-year-old faces the same charges, plus an ad­di­tional two counts of as­sault with a weapon.

Speak­ing out­side the court­house, the 25-year-old’s lawyer, Ajay Juneja, said he will seek bail for his client again when the case moves up to the Court of Queen’s Bench later this year.

He said he be­lieves his client de­serves to be re­leased, and that it ap­pears a trial won’t be sched­uled un­til some­time in 2020.

“My client will have been in cus­tody for two-and-a-half years, just wait­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to as­sert her in­no­cence on al­le­ga­tions that have yet to be proven,” Juneja said.

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