It was a dramatic morning in a Regina courthouse Thursday, where two caregivers charged with child abuse made their first appearance.
Tammy Lynn Goforth, 35, and Kevin Goforth,37, have been jointly charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm after two young children were taken to hospital Wednesday suffering from signs of abuse and negligence.
During Tammy Goforth's appearance, two women sitting at the back of the courtroom were visibly upset and walked out, while another man sat at the back sobbing.
When Kevin Goforth was taken away from the prisoner's box, the same man jumped up and began screaming, "What happened."
It took three bailiffs to physically restrain him and remove him from the courtroom.
At that point the judge ordered everyone out of the room for a break.
The couple will be held in custody — they are scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Aug. 9.
Two sisters in hospital
Officers were sent to a Regina hospital early Wednesday morning to investigate a report of a four-year-old that was in an unresponsive state.
Hospital staff managed to revive the child, but she remains in critical condition.
Police said a preliminary investigation shows the girl was a victim of abuse and neglect.
While at the hospital, officers took the couple into custody.
Police said another child, the two-year-old sister of the victim, was found at a home in the 3500 block of 6th Avenue North.
The two-year-old was also taken to hospital to be treated for abuse and neglect, police said.
Officers had blocked off a home, Wednesday, on Andrews Crescent, which is believed to be where the two children were abused.
The two children remain in hospital.