Mother of dead teen taken to hospi­tal

Sis­ter says mur­der sus­pect has con­di­tion

Calgary Herald - - City & Region - KIM BRADLEY CAL­GARY HER­ALD

A Cal­gary wo­man charged in the death of her 14-year-old daugh­ter was rushed to hospi­tal from the Cal­gary Re­mand Cen­tre just as her lawyer ar­rived for their first meet­ing.

Aset Mago­madova, 36, was treated and re­leased from Foothills Hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day af­ter suf­fer­ing what re­mand of­fi­cials would de­scribe only as a “med­i­cal emer­gency” in­volv­ing a fe­male pris­oner.

Her sis­ter, Layla Mago­madova, told lawyer David An­drews that Aset suf­fers from a thy­roid con­di­tion that is ag­gra­vated by stress, which is most likely why she was hos­pi­tal­ized, An­drews said.

“I ex­pect to meet with her as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“All I know is she was taken to hospi­tal by am­bu­lance as I ar­rived to speak to her around 6:30 p.m. (Wed­nes­day).”

Aset Mago­madova, who sought refuge here with her two kids from wartorn Chech­nya three years ago, is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der af­ter her daugh­ter, Ami­nat, was found stran­gled in their Fairview home Mon­day dur­ing what rel­a­tives said was the last of sev­eral phys­i­cal fights be­tween the two.

Her 12-year-old son Riz­van, who suf­fers from mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy and is con­fined to a wheel­chair, was in the home at the time, but was not harmed.

Rel­a­tives have said Ami­nat was a crys­tal meth user and of­ten had vi­o­lent out­bursts while she was high or look­ing for money to buy drugs.

But the pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor at a Cal­gary youth shel­ter where Ami­nat stayed twice in re­cent weeks said she never saw the teen in­tox­i­cated on any­thing.

Made­lyn McDon­ald, with Woods Homes Exit Youth Shel­ter, said staff are trained to spot drug use in their vis­i­tors, and on the two oc­ca­sions they met Ami­nat, even though it was only for a few days, she didn’t be­have like a drug user.

“That was a sur­prise to us,” McDon­ald said.

Mark Buck­ley, prin­ci­pal of William Roper Hull Homes, said in a re­cent in­ter­view that he didn’t be­lieve Ami­nat was on drugs while she at­tended the school.

He said the staff was up­set over the death of a girl they called “vi­brant and en­gag­ing.”

Po­lice have said it will take sev­eral weeks to get tox­i­col­ogy test re­sults back to con­firm whether the teen used drugs.

They have launched a par­al­lel in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the homi­cide probe to de­ter­mine what in­volve­ment they had with the girl and her mom in the five times they were at the house in the past five weeks, in­clud­ing the night be­fore she died.

Us­ing crys­tal meth would ex­plain Ami­nat’s vi­o­lent out­bursts, said David Larsen, AADAC youth ser­vices pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor.

“It can do a lot of dam­age in a very short pe­riod of time,” he said, adding there is help avail­able for par­ents of drug-us­ing teens, in­clud­ing par­ents who are im­mi­grants and strug­gle with English.

“There’s more vi­o­lence as­so­ci­ated with peo­ple com­ing off crys­tal meth, and there’s seems to be a higher level of vi­o­lence. It does hor­ri­ble things to fam­i­lies.”

Layla was at­tempt­ing to find out how to claim the teen’s body to plan a tra­di­tional Mus­lim burial.

She is work­ing with Mus­lims in Cal­gary and staff at a south Cal­gary mosque to ex­pe­dite the teen’s burial, in keep­ing with their faith.

Aset will re­main in cus­tody un­til her next court ap­pear­ance March 6.

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Aset Mago­madova, left, sus­pected of killing her daugh­ter Ami­nat, right, has a thy­roid con­di­tion that may have been ag­gra­vated by stress.

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