An emotionally-charged murder trial is getting underway in Regina today.

A Regina couple, who were acting as foster parents, are accused of killing a four-year-old girl and almost killing her two-year-old sister.

The charged, are Kevin Goforth, 40, and Tammy Goforth, 39.

The couple had been looking after the two girls in the summer of 2012 when both had to be rushed to hospital. The four-year-old was unresponsive and died.  Her little sister was in serious medical distress but managed to recover.

The Goforths are facing a charge of second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The children’s biological mother has been at most of the previous court appearances demanding justice for her daughter.  At one point she had to be removed from the courtroom after an outburst against the accused.

Both Kevin and Tammy are out on bail.  It is alleged the children were severely malnourished and suffered physical abuse.

The trial by judge and jury is scheduled to last three weeks.