Calgary man convicted of murder in child death wants second opinion on mental state

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CALGARY — A sentencing hearing for a Calgary man convicted of second-degree murder in the beating death of his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter has been delayed because he wants a second opinion on his mental health.

Ivy Wick was injured on Sept. 27, 2017, and died in hospital of head and brain injuries eight days later.

An autopsy said she suffered blunt-force trauma, which prompted homicide investigators to take over the case.

Justin Bennett was charged a year later following a confession to undercover police officers.

He told them he had become angry after being interrupted by the child, smashed her in the head, threw her against a wall and then tripped her.

Bennett's lawyer told court today that his client complained the psychiatrist who assessed him didn't like him and showed bias in his report.

The matter has been put over to Oct. 8 at which time a date is to be set to question the original doctor about his diagnosis.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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