Charges against a Medicine Hat, Alta., woman accused in the death of an 18-month-old girl at a licensed day home have been upgraded to manslaughter.

The 24-year-old woman was originally charged with aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessities of life.

“The accused is currently in police custody and is to have a bail hearing at the Medicine Hat provincial court,” Staff Sgt. Brent Secondiak of the Medicine Hat Police Service said yesterday.

“I cannot release the name of the accused until an information has been sworn to at provincial court.”

Last Wednesday, the toddler died in a Calgary hospital after being airlifted there with severe head injuries.

Police say the woman had been taking care of the girl at a private home and there may have been other children in the day home at the time.

Yvonne Fritz, the province’s children and youth services minister, has said the facility is licensed by the provincial government.

Fritz said the home is a satellite of the Children’s Corner day home agency in Medicine Hat, which has had a contract with the family services authority for 16 years.

Secondiak said the police investigation into the child’s death is far from complete.

“There is still a lot of evidence to go through, search warrants to be done,” he said. “The investigation is going to take months.”