Starved Alberta girls' parents charged with murder

The Edmonton parents previously accused of starving their two-year-old twin daughters now face murder charges.

The Edmonton parents previously accused of starving their two-year-old twin daughters now face murder charges, Alberta Justice officials confirmed today.

The girls — allegedly starved and neglected since birth — were taken from their south-side home last May, weighing 5.9 kilograms and 7.3 kilograms.

One of the girls, who can only be identified as "M," died in September 2012 after a judge ordered she be taken off life support.

The parents, who remain in jail, are facing one count each of aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing bodily harm; and two counts each of failing to provide the necessities of life.

Each will now face an additional charge of second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death.

The couple, who can't be named, will be back in court Friday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June.