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

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