The Granby girl's family is suing the DPJ for more than three million dollars
The death of the little girl from Granby in 2019 shocked all of Quebec (archives).
The family of the Granby girl who died in 2019 is suing the Direction de la protection de la jeunesse (DPJ) and the Center de services scolaire du Val-des-Cerfs for more than three million dollars.
The legal procedure will be formalized on Monday at the Granby courthouse. Said lawsuit will be commenced on behalf of the biological mother and grandparents of the child.
They will be accompanied by Me Valérie Assouline, a lawyer specializing in family and youth law.
They had promised to continue to fight so that the system “which failed to protect the little girl from Granby” also responds to justice. The child's mother and grandmother will file a civil lawsuit worth more than $3 million against the DPJ and the School Services Center on Monday at the Granby courthouse. Explanation by Kim Vermette
The father of the seven-year-old girl, a 32-year-old man, was convicted last year of the death of the child . He was sentenced to a four-year prison term.
The child's stepmother was also found guilty, but of forcible confinement and unpremeditated murder. She received a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 13 years.
In the hours leading up to her death, at the end April 2019, the already malnourished and abused girl was tied up with a shirt to keep her from running away and then wrapped in many layers of adhesive tape.
This death prompted the opening of several investigations as well as the creation of a special commission, the Laurent commission, which presented numerous recommendations.
However, a year after the girl's death, in 2020, workers from the DPJ in Estrie believed that nothing had changed within the organization.
This one had been strongly criticized, after the death of the little girl, for his inability to act quickly enough to avoid the tragedy, and more particularly with regard to the Estrie branch of the organization.
Faced with the multiplication of cases of child abuse in the region, the Minister Delegate for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, announced the placing under supervision of the DPJ -Estrie, March 5, 2020.
Following the investigation by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse into the death of the little girl from Gr anby, the existence of shortcomings at all stages of the clinical and legal process which aimed to protect the young victim had been revealed.