Regina court appearance tense for couple accused of child neglect
A first court appearance for a couple charged with neglecting two young sisters in Regina ended with a question – what happened?
That question was yelled out by a man present for the appearance of Kevin Eric Goforth and Tammy Lynn Goforth. He was escorted from the courtroom, and everyone else was told to leave the room. It’s not clear who he is or his connection to the two little girls. Family did not want to talk to the media.
The Goforths were charged with two counts each of criminal negligence causing bodily harm after Regina police officers were called to a hospital just after midnight Wednesday.
A four-year-old had been brought in unresponsive. She was revived.
Police say the girl seems to be the victim of abuse and neglect.
"The child was brought in by her caregivers, a 35-year-old female and a 37-year-old male. The child remains in hospital in critical condition," said Elizabeth Popowich, a spokesperson for the Regina Police Service.
The girl's caregivers -- the Goforths -- were taken into custody at the hospital.
“They’re not the biological parents of the children, and I can’t say much beyond using the term caregivers. But it’s important to establish that these are not strangers," said Popowich.
Officers searched for the child's sibling.
“We did go to the children’s home and searched the home, or course, looking for that child, or any other. But the two-year old was found in the 3500 block of 6th Avenue North," said Popowich.
That girl was also taken to hospital and is considered a victim of abuse and neglect.
Both Kevin and Tammy Goforth were denied release, and have opted for a bail hearings that will be in a week’s time.
Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee.