Mother of dead teen taken to hospital
Sister says murder suspect has condition
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.
Aset Magomadova, left, suspected of killing her daughter Aminat, right, has a thyroid condition that may have been aggravated by stress.