Thursday , July 29 2021

Girls six months and three years old were stabbed to death, autopsy confirms



An autopsy on the bodies of two girls found in an apartment in southeast Edmonton last week confirmed that the two were stabbed to death.

The father of the youngest girl – at six months of age – is accused of second-degree murder in her deaths. The second girl was three years old. Your mother is still in the hospital.

Police issued additional details about the shocking case on Monday afternoon.

The two were found hiding under household utensils in a storage room of their mother's apartment at 7920 71 St. after police responded to a call for domestic violence. Police did not find their bodies during the initial sweep of the apartment.

Police did not release the accused's name because he said it was not a "investigative purpose," police said.

Publicly available court records identify him as Ashton Brian Lafleche. The 29-year-old appeared shortly in court on Friday morning by the CCTV's Edmonton Remand Center.

Lafleche is the biological father of one of the girls and did not live with them.

Judicial documents name children such as Mackenzie Petawaysin and Mary Lafleche Petawaysin. Records showed that Lafleche had been ordered on several occasions to stay away from his mother, Tamara Petawaysin.

Police responded to an account of a woman who had been assaulted in the apartment at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. They found the woman, Petawaysin, in danger, with serious injuries.

At 8:30 p.m. Wednesday police discovered that an erratic, partially dressed man was trying to get into a nearby garage. They located him and determined that he was a suspect in the previous attack and arrested him.

After the arrest, police went back to the house and found the girls' bodies. Speaking to reporters Friday, acting Edmonton Police Staff Sgt. Terrie Affolder said investigators believe the man tried to hide his remains.

She said they were not identifying the defendant to try to protect a complainant's identity from domestic violence.

A memorial for the girls graduated in front of the apartment after the news was released and grew over the weekend.

On Sunday, more than 15 stuffed animals were placed at the foot of a tree in front of the building, along with candles, flowers, condolence cards and two miniature glass angels.

Lafleche is due back in court on December 21.

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