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CanadaAfter Granby girl's death, Quebec government considers inquiry into youth protection system

19:35  01 may  2019
19:35  01 may  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Hearings for an inquiry into Quebec 's youth protection system began Tuesday with a moment of silence for the As people across the province grieved the Granby girl ' s death , the Quebec government pledged to hold an independent inquiry to examine how youth protection services

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After Granby girl's death, Quebec government considers inquiry into youth protection system © Brigitte Marcoux/Radio-Canada Stuffed animals and flowers have been left outside the home where the girl lived in Granby, Que.

Quebec's minister in charge of youth protection says he is outraged by what he knows about the death of a 7-year-old girl in Granby, Que.

Lionel Carmant told reporters he is still looking into the circumstances around the girl's death, but an inquiry into the province's youth protection system is a possibility.

"We are going to make every effort to make sure this doesn't happen again," he said.

The girl died in hospital Tuesday. Her father has been charged with forcible confinement and her stepmother has been charged with forcible confinement and aggravated assault.

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Quebec 's junior health minister wants to know why social services did not intervene before a A makeshift memorial for the Granby girl . He said Social Services had been aware of problems in the girl ' s home for several months, and he is considering a larger investigation into lengthy wait times

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They may face more charges now that the girl has died.

Carmant said there are "clearly" cracks in the youth protection system, and he wants to look into whether waiting lists in the area played a role in what he called a tragic story.

Premier François Legault echoed Carmant's comments, saying he is troubled by the girl's death, but it's too early to know what form an inquiry would take, if one is launched.

When asked whether the system had failed the girl, he said, "We don't know at this point what failed, if it failed, but we need to know."

Makeshift memorial

Neighbours are dropping off flowers and stuffed animals outside the home where the girl lived.

The girl's 30-year-old father and the 35-year-old stepmother are expected back in court in Granby on Thursday.

Local police found the girl in critical condition at a home in Granby, about 80 kilometres southeast of Montreal, on Monday.

She was taken to hospital, where she was in a coma until she died Tuesday.

Quebec provincial police have taken over the criminal investigation into the girl's death.

Radio-Canada learned that the girl attended a Granby elementary school until she was recently pulled out to be home-schooled.

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