A 25-year-old father from Thurso, Que., walked out of court on bail Wednesday holding his wife's hand after being charged with manslaughter in the death of their newborn baby girl last week.
Daniel Lefebvre, 25, was charged with manslaughter on Monday after his baby, who was seven weeks old, died late Friday night.
Lefebvre is accused of shaking his baby, who was found unconscious on July 15 inside the family's home.
The infant was rushed to hospital in nearby Buckingham, Que., before being transferred to a hospital in Ottawa with symptoms of shaken baby syndrome.
She died from her injuries two days later, police said.
Lefebvre wanted to be released so he could attend his baby's funeral, his family said. A date for the service has not yet been set.
About 20 relatives and friends showed up in court Wednesday in a show of support for Lefebvre. He was ordered to undergo a psychological assessment, stay away from children under six years of age and to ask permission if he plans to change his address.
After being released on $2,000 bail he left the courthouse hand in hand with his partner and did not comment.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 5.