Man ac­cused of killing 2 girls tried to con­ceal bod­ies: po­lice

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - JONNY WAKE­FIELD AND JU­RIS GRANEY [email protected]­ twit­­ris­graney

ED­MON­TON The bod­ies of two lit­tle girls found in a south­east Ed­mon­ton apart­ment Wed­nes­day were only dis­cov­ered un­der a pile of house­hold items after a sec­ond search of the suite, Ed­mon­ton po­lice said Fri­day.

Their bod­ies were con­cealed by the man ac­cused in their deaths, act­ing Staff Sgt. Ter­rie Af­folder said. Po­lice have not yet re­leased the ages of the chil­dren.

Pub­licly avail­able court records iden­tify the man as Ash­ton Brian Lafleche. The 29-year-old briefly ap­peared in court Fri­day morn­ing via CCTV from the Ed­mon­ton Re­mand Cen­tre.

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

“The chil­dren were sub­se­quently lo­cated, de­ceased, in a room in the suite that was be­ing used as a stor­age room. Their bod­ies were found con­cealed un­der piles of var­i­ous house­hold items.”

Lafleche, who po­lice re­fused to iden­tify in the news con­fer­ence be­cause they said it “served no in­ves­tiga­tive pur­pose,” is charged with two counts of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and ag­gra­vated as­sault.

Af­folder said po­lice did not want to re­lease in­for­ma­tion that could iden­tify a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence com­plainant.

Court doc­u­ments name the chil­dren as Macken­zie Pet­awaysin and Mary Lafleche Pet­awaysin. Their mother, Ta­mara Pet­awaysin, is the woman he is ac­cused of as­sault­ing.

Lafleche is also charged with breach of pro­ba­tion for con­tact­ing Pet­awaysin. Court records show he was re­cently re­leased from jail after plead­ing guilty to breach­ing con­di­tions of a re­cog­ni­zance.

Some of the dis­turb­ing de­tails were re­leased at Ed­mon­ton po­lice head­quar­ters dur­ing a Fri­day news con­fer­ence.

Re­sults of the chil­dren’s au­top­sies con­ducted Fri­day morn­ing are ex­pected from the med­i­cal ex­am­iner Mon­day.

Po­lice were called to an apart­ment in the area of 79 Av­enue and 71 Street in the King Ed­ward Park neigh­bour­hood Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon for a re­port that a woman had been as­saulted.

“In­for­ma­tion was that a fe­male was be­ing chased by a male out­side and that she ap­peared to have been as­saulted,” Af­folder said.

That’s when po­lice went to the Allen Manor apart­ment at 7920 71 St. for the first time and searched the unit with­out find­ing the chil­dren. The woman was taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries.

About three hours later, po­lice were called to a garage break-in a few blocks away, at 73 Street and 80 Av­enue, and found an un­clothed man who was re­port­edly act­ing er­rat­i­cally.

Of­fi­cers de­ter­mined that the man was a sus­pect in the ear­lier as­sault and ar­rested him. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions led po­lice back to an apart­ment where the kids were found dead, con­cealed in what ap­peared to be a stor­age room in the unit.

“The lo­ca­tion of the chil­dren was un­known at the time," Af­folder said. “In the early stages of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion we did not know where those chil­dren were.”

Lafleche has a pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal record that in­cludes charges of vi­o­lence against Pet­awaysin.

On mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions, he had been or­dered by a court to stay away from her.

Lafleche was due in court in Mor­inville on Dec. 18 for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on counts of rob­bery and breach­ing pro­ba­tion.

Lafleche is due back in court on Dec. 21.


A memo­rial for two chil­dren sits out­side an apart­ment build­ing at 71 Street in Ed­mon­ton on Fri­day.


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