An Edmonton judge ruled Friday that a two-year-old girl who was allegedly starved and neglected from birth by her parents should be removed from life support.
The girl, who can't be named, was taken to hospital in May, badly injured and starving.
Doctors say she is brain dead and paralyzed, and they don't believe her condition will ever improve.
A lawyer for Alberta Children and Youth Services asked Judge June Ross to consider whether to continue life support.
The ministry did not take a stance on the decision, but said the choice should not be left up to the girl's parents, who are in custody on charges of aggravated assault and negligence.
The parents are applying to stay the decision.
The girl's twin sister was also taken to hospital, suffering from malnourishment and injuries, and is said to be recovering.
A third child, a young boy, was found unharmed in the home and is now in foster care.