Tots found dead in bath­tub

Cape Breton Post - - OUR COMMUNITY -

MIL­LET, Alta. (CP) — Two young chil­dren have been found dead, ap­par­ently drowned in a bath­tub, just weeks af­ter their fa­ther told a judge his es­tranged wife was threat­en­ing to take them and move to Aus­tralia.

A close fam­ily friend said Tues­day that Cur­tis McCon­nell found the bodies of his two sons, 10-month-old Con­nor and three­year-old Jay­den, on Mon­day af­ter­noon in the fam­ily home in Mil­let, a small town south of Ed­mon­ton.

The 35-year-old woman, who didn’t want her name used, said when he came to her door she re­turned to the house with him and saw the lit­tle boys ly­ing dead on the bath­room floor.

“ Hor­rific,” said the woman, who didn’t want her name used. “He was scream­ing, hys­ter­i­cal ... I went over with him, he had al­ready pulled them out of the tub. There was noth­ing we could do.”

Neigh­bours re­ported they had seen a man and a woman ar­gu­ing out­side the house a short time be­fore.

Court doc­u­ments ob­tained by CTV News show that Cur­tis McCon­nell filed for di­vorce from Allyson McCon­nell in De­cem­ber.

In an af­fi­davit, Cur­tis said Allyson had “ been threat­en­ing me that she wants to move back to Aus­tralia with our chil­dren. I am fear­ful that she will at­tempt to do this without my con­sent or knowl­edge.

“I have taken our chil­dren’s pass­ports for safe­keep­ing.”

A state­ment of de­fence filed on be­half of Allyson noted she has lim­ited fam­ily con­tacts in Al­berta but “a broad net­work of sup­port in Aus­tralia” and would “ be en­ti­tled to sig­nif­i­cant gov­ern­ment fi­nan­cial sup­port should she re­turn to Aus­tralia.”

The court doc­u­ments also in­di­cated Cur­tis had moved out of the fam­ily home and was liv­ing in an apart­ment in Ed­mon­ton.

A fi­nal de­ci­sion in the case was not made, but the judge had ruled the chil­dren should stay in Al­berta while the mat­ter was be­ing sorted out.

Af­ter mar­ry­ing in Aus­tralia in 2007, neigh­bours said the cou­ple had moved into the home in Mil­let in De­cem­ber 2008 but had re­cently split up.

Ed­mon­ton po­lice say around the time the bodies were found, a woman tried to kill her­self by jump­ing off a bridge onto a busy ex­press­way in the city.

A car that po­lice said has ties to the Mil­let home was found in the park­ing lot of a nearby toy store and was taped off by in­ves­ti­ga­tors. ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (CP) — A 43-yearold man is dead fol­low­ing a fire in St. John’s, N.L., Tues­day.

The Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary says of­fi­cers were called to a house in the Shea Heights area af­ter a passerby no­ticed smoke pour­ing out of the build­ing.

Po­lice say the passerby en­tered the home and pulled the vic­tim out.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.