Couple arrested and charged after infant sexually assaulted in southern Alberta

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A mother and father face charges after police say their six-week-old daughter was physically and sexually assaulted.

Investigators were called to a home in Lethbridge, Alta., Wednesday to check on the welfare of the infant after receiving information she was being abused.

Upon their arrival, police say the child was found to be in medical distress.

The baby was transported to hospital where her injuries were found to be extensive and she remains in critical condition.

Police say an investigation determined the baby had been assaulted multiple times over the past six weeks.

A 52-year-old man is charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, sexual interference and failing to provide the necessaries of life, while a 31-year-old woman is charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life.

Police say the couple, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, remains in custody.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 20, 2023.

The Canadian Press