Calgary

Patricia Couture faces upgraded charge in her disabled daughter's death

The Crown has upgraded its charge against a Calgary mother accused in the death of her disabled daughter.

Calgary woman now accused of criminal negligence instead of failing to provide necessaries of life

Patricia Couture was initially charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life to her disabled daughter, but the Crown has upgraded those charges to criminal negligence causing death, which carries a longer maximum prison sentence. (Court sketch by Janice Fletcher)

The Crown has upgraded its charge against a Calgary mother accused in the death of her disabled daughter.

Patricia Couture now faces a charge of criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Couture was initially charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life, which carries a maximum five-year sentence.

Melissa Couture, 38, was found dead in April in the Woodlands home she shared with her mother.

She suffered from a developmental disability as well as a chronic medical issue.

Patricia's application for a state-funded lawyer was denied last month.

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