Police in Quebec City are confirming that the body they found near a home Wednesday afternoon is that of missing 2-year-old Rosalie Gagnon.
City police are recommending that a murder charge be laid against 23-year-old Audrey Gagnon and say the file has been handed over to the Crown, which will decide.
Police spokeswoman Cyndi Pare says Gagnon’s court appearance has had to be pushed back for several hours due to minor self-inflicted injuries she incurred while in custody.
Rosalie Gagnon’s body was discovered in a garbage can outside a home in the city’s Charlesbourg district and she was pronounced dead in hospital.
The investigation was triggered after the discovery of an empty stroller near a park around 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
Police say they tracked down Audrey Gagnon a few hours later without her daughter.
A spokeswoman for the police says investigators questioned Gagnon for much of Wednesday.
They say they also spoke to a man found with the mother, but that he was released hours later.
Authorities say an autopsy is scheduled to be performed on the toddler to determine the cause of death.