Homicide charges possible for Longueuil father
Quebec man, 71, held after death of 13-year-old daughter
Crown prosecutors said Tuesday they would wait for autopsy results on Nouténé Sidimé's body before deciding whether her father will face any further charges.
Moussa Sidimé, 71, was arrested last Wednesday at his home after he phoned 911 to report that his daughter was hurt.
When officers arrived at the Chamblay Street home, they found the 13-year-old girl unconscious and bleeding from the nose. She never regained consciousness and died Saturday in hospital.
"Right now, we know only for sure that there was a death that occurred, but we have to know what was the cause of death" before determining any further charges, Laborde said at the Longueuil courthouse.
Sidimé is struggling to cope with the situation, said defence lawyer Marie-Josée Duhaime.
"He's overwhelmed by the situation, he doesn't ... grasp what's going on," she said after the Tuesday hearing. "He's very sad, of course. We have to deal."
Sidimé's family and close friends were at the courthouse but declined to speak with reporters.
Memorial at high school
The girl's classmates at École secondaire Jacques-Rousseau held a memorial in the morning in her honour, releasing balloons in the Grade 8 student's memory.
The teen's neighbours are grappling with the family drama.
"I can't understand why [this happened]. She was a sunshine, so polite," said Linda Robert, who lives across the courtyard from the Sidimé home. "I cried all night."
She said the girl was frequently reluctant to go indoors to say her prayers, and her father would order her in.
Robert said Nouténé told her she didn't like to do the prayers. However, schoolmates contradicted that, saying Nouténé always said her prayers.
Neighbours said they were shocked and angry about the girl's death.