Regina police lay charges two years after three-year-old girl's death

REGINA — Police in Regina have charged a woman with manslaughter almost two years after a three-year-old girl died.

Ashley Dawn Longworth, 33, of Regina is accused in the death of Zoey Hancock.

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Police said an investigation began March 20, 2018, when a 911 call came in. The caller said a three-year-old girl had been found unresponsive at a home in the city.

Paramedics provided emergency care to the girl and transported her to hospital, where she died.

Police and the Saskatchewan Coroners Service determined during the investigation that the girl's death was a homicide.

Kayla DeMars-Krentz, a lawyer for Zoey's mother Deborah Hancock, said the girl died at a dayhome run by Longworth.

"I can say that the family feels a great sense of relief," said DeMars-Krentz. "Hopefully the charges bring peace and resolution to the whole family."

Longworth made her first court appearance on Wednesday. She was released with a number of conditions, including not supervising any child under the age of 16. She is next to appear in court March 18.

"Nothing can compensate for the loss of Zoey," DeMars-Krentz told CTV News Regina in an email. "She was a joyful, spirited child whose bright smile brought light to those around her.

"Zoey's death has been a profound loss to her entire family." (CTV Regina, CJME

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 12, 2020

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