Bruises seen on tod­dler’s body

First re­spon­ders give tes­ti­mony about be­ing called to nearby church as trial con­tin­ues

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - ANNA Junker

First re­spon­ders who were called to a church where a tod­dler was found dead no­ticed ob­vi­ous signs of trauma in­clud­ing bruis­ing around his neck and face as they tried to find signs of life in the child.

On tues­day, court heard from three mem­bers of ed­mon­ton Fire res­cue ser­vices and a para­medic who ar­rived at the Good shep­pard church where the “freez­ing cold” body of 19-month-old an­thony raine was found by a passerby on april 21, 2017.

tim­o­thy berg, Ge­of­frey cowie and nicholas se­motiuk all tes­ti­fied they were mem­bers of sta­tion #17 in 2017 when raine’s body was found. the sta­tion is lo­cated just north of the church and berg was act­ing cap­tain at the time.

each man tes­ti­fied how they were at the sta­tion when the door­bell rang and were told by some older women there was a dead child on the church prop­erty.

raine’s fa­ther, Joey crier, is ac­cused of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the boy’s death.

cowie and se­motiuk were the first to reach the scene af­ter grab­bing their med­i­cal kits and run­ning over from the sta­tion.

cowie tes­ti­fied raine was in a sit­ting po­si­tion with his head slightly slumped for­ward with his chin to­wards his knees. He was cov­ered by a blue blan­ket and was wear­ing a blue snow­suit and sneak­ers.

“I picked him up and laid him down on his back,” cowie said, be­com­ing emo­tional on the stand.

“We pro­ceeded to look for any signs of life,” he said. “(I) no­ticed there was lots of rigid­ity and that he was freez­ing cold.”

He no­ticed lots of signs of trauma to raine’s neck and head and there was “clear yel­low­ish liq­uid both on his nose and ears.”

cowie also tes­ti­fied the fire sta­tion’s kitchen win­dow faces the area where the tod­dler’s body was found, but the view is ob­structed by a num­ber of spruce and other trees.

se­motiuk also tes­ti­fied how he checked for a pulse in raine but could not find one.

“at that time I no­ticed how cold he was to the touch.”

se­motiuk said he no­ticed “ob­vi­ous signs of trauma” in­clud­ing dried blood, bruis­ing, black eyes and blood com­ing out of the ears.

“(the) nose was kind of pushed in,” he said, re­fer­ring to it as a sign of blunt force trauma.

se­motiuk added what sticks out most to him in his mind was raine’s shoes, which he said were “im­mac­u­lately clean, brand new run­ners.”

dou­glas Hynes, a para­medic, was dis­patched to the church along with two other paramedics. Hynes tes­ti­fied one of his col­leagues took the lead of do­ing a phys­i­cal as­sess­ment of raine, re­mov­ing him from the blan­ket and snow­suit.

While he did not touch raine, Hynes said he saw in­di­ca­tions of bruis­ing.

“I noted bruis­ing I be­lieve around the neck. Mul­ti­ple cir­cles of bruis­ing al­most con­sis­tent with what may be fin­gers,” he told the court.

He said it was de­ter­mined the tod­dler was dead and his clothes were put back on.

raine was placed back where he was found and the blue blan­ket was placed over his body to pro­tect him as ed­mon­ton po­lice worked to con­tain the scene.

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