Two Regina women are facing 44 charges following an investigation into the alleged physical and sexual abuse of two young girls.

The two women, ages 37 and 55, made their first court appearance Thursday afternoon. Both were remanded into custody until next Wednesday, when they will appear in court via videolink from Prince Albert.

The two accused cannot be named due to a court-imposed publication ban.

Both women are charged with four counts of sexual assault with a weapon, two counts of assault causing bodily harm, five counts of assault with a weapon, four counts of invitation to sexual touching, three counts of sexual interference, two counts of making child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.

Police say the two girls, ages 10 and 11, were allegedly abused between Jan. 1 and Jan. 18.

Allegations surfaced on Jan. 14 that the two girls were involved in the possible abuse of a third child at an apartment in the 1600 block of 12th Avenue.

An investigation led police to suspect that two women in the home had abused two children living there.

Police say when it was suspected that the two women had abused the girls, there was no further contact between them. The children have been receiving medical and psychological treatment.