Slain girls found hidden in apartment
EDMONTON — The bodies of two girls found in a southeast apartment Wednesday were left under a pile of household items, 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.
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.”
Lafleche, whom police refused to identify 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.
Results of the children’s autopsies conducted Friday morning are expected from the medical examiner Monday.
Police were called to an apartment in the King Edward Park neighbourhood Wednesday for a report that a woman had been assaulted.
That’s when police went to the Allen Manor apartment 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 and found an unclothed man who was reportedly acting erratically.
Officers determined 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.
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. He is accused of stealing $380 from Petawaysin on Dec. 26, 2017 and threatening violence.
On Nov. 30, 2018, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to breaching a recognizance. The records do not explain why he was already out, though it is possible he had accrued time before sentencing.
On Oct. 31 he was handed a $100 fine and 12 months probation in Stony Plain provincial court after pleading guilty to assault and failing to comply with conditions. In that case, he was accused of assaulting Petawaysin on Sept. 17, 2018 near Stony Plain. He had previously been ordered to have no contact with her, which led to the failing to comply charge.
Lafleche is due back in court on Dec. 21.
Biological father LAFLECHE