Po­lice charge man in death of three-year-old girl

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Cal­gary po­lice have laid a sec­ond­de­gree mur­der charge in the death of three-year-old Ivy Wick, nearly a year af­ter her death.

Emer­gency crews were called to a Run­dle home last Sept. 27 for re­ports of a child in med­i­cal dis­tress. She was rushed to hos­pi­tal where she ul­ti­mately died of her in­juries a week later.

In the days af­ter her death, on­line fundrais­ers be­gan sprout­ing up, so­lic­it­ing both prayers and do­na­tions on be­half of Ivy, which sug­gested she had fallen off her bed and struck her head.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, doc­tors did not be­lieve the tot’s in­juries were con­sis­tent with a fall of any kind.

The case was ini­tially in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice child abuse unit, but was soon handed over to homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Last week, Cal­gary po­lice re­vealed new in­for­ma­tion about Ivy’s death, in­clud­ing the fact an au­topsy re­vealed she died from blunt force trauma and that ad­di­tional in­juries were found on her body con­sis­tent with phys­i­cal abuse.

Last Fri­day, Justin Paul Ben­nett, 25, of Cal­gary was ar­rested and charged with one count of sec­ond­de­gree mur­der in re­la­tion to the girl’s death.

Po­lice said Ben­nett was in a re­la­tion­ship with Ivy’s mother and was not her bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are not look­ing for any ad­di­tional sus­pects in the case.

Both Ben­nett and Ivy’s moth­ers were con­sid­ered sus­pects by in­ves­ti­ga­tors early on in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, as Ivy had been liv­ing with both at the time she sus­tained her fa­tal in­juries.

Staff Sgt. Martin Shi­avetta of the Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice homi­cide unit said the charges are a re­sult of a dogged ef­fort to find jus­tice for lit­tle Ivy.

“Our homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors have worked tire­lessly to hold the al­leged of­fender ac­count­able and lay charges in this case,” he said.

“No mat­ter how much time has passed, we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure that each homi­cide is in­ves­ti­gated thor­oughly to bring jus­tice for the vic­tims. We were for­tu­nate to have the as­sis­tance and co-op­er­a­tion from mul­ti­ple agen­cies to bring this file to a close, in­clud­ing re­sources from the Shel­don Kennedy Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre.”

Ben­nett ap­peared in a Cal­gary court­room on Mon­day.

Justin Paul Ben­nett

Ivy Wick

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