Watch above: He starved his twin daughters and they wasted away in their own home. Today, the Edmonton father was handed a 15-year sentence behind bars. Kendra Slugoski was at court.
EDMONTON – A father convicted of manslaughter in the disturbing death of his daughter was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on Wednesday.
The father – who can only be identified as ‘D.L.’ under a publication ban protecting the identity of his children – will serve 12 years, because of credit for time already served.
The man showed no emotion as his sentence was read.
Court heard the father will likely be deported after his sentence is served.
He was accused of starving and physically abusing his two-year-old twin daughters.
One of the girls – who can only be identified as ‘Baby M’ – passed away after her father and mother fought for several months in court to keep her on life support.
The surviving twin, as well as a healthy older brother, have been placed in foster care.
On Wednesday morning, court heard ‘D.L.’ wanted to have contact with his son but not his surviving twin daughter. The judge denied that request.
Last Thursday, during the sentencing hearing, the man’s lawyer read a letter from the father.
“At the funeral day when I saw her for the last time, her face was different and she looked like she was smiling to me,” part of it read. “I hope she forgave me and I believe she did, not because I was a good father… and I wasn’t, but because she was a perfect daughter and has a kind heart.”
(Read the full letter below.)
In May, ‘D.L.’ pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The 36-year-old father also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and two counts of failing to provide the necessities of life.
The mother’s trial has yet to begin.
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