Man may apply for visitation: judge

A judge says a Calgary father accused of dipping his baby girl’s feet in scalding water, badly burning her, can apply for visitation.

CALGARY — A judge says a Calgary father accused of dipping his baby girl’s feet in scalding water, badly burning her, can apply for visitation.

But in amending a no-contact provision of Mark Nickel’s bail, Justice Rosemary Nation says visits with his daughter will only be with family court approval and supervised by an independent party.

Nation granted the application by defence lawyer Mitch Stephensen after he told court his client wants to have contact with the girl.

Stephensen agreed contact would have to be supervised.

Crown prosecutor Paul Mason opposed the bid to change Nickel’s bail, calling the case “one of the most egregious attacks on a nine-month-old.”

Nickel, 21, faces charges of aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.