Man charged in mur­der of two chil­dren and as­sault of their mother in Ed­mon­ton

The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - NEWS - CO­LETTE DER­WORIZ ED­MON­TON

A man charged in the deaths of two young chil­dren in Ed­mon­ton was or­dered by the courts ear­lier this fall not to have con­tact with their mother af­ter an ear­lier as­sault.

Ash­ton Brian Lafleche, 29, ap­peared briefly by closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion in pro­vin­cial court Fri­day morn­ing. Court doc­u­ments show he faces two counts of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the deaths of Macken­zie Pet­awaysin and Mary Lafleche Pet­awaysin.

He’s also charged with as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm to the chil­dren’s mother, Ta­mara Pet­awaysin, and breach of pro­ba­tion for fail­ing to com­ply with an or­der on Oct. 31 not to have any con­tact with her.

Mr. Lafleche’s de­fence lawyer, Gary Smith, set the mat­ter over to Dec. 21 and de­clined to com­ment out­side court.

Ed­mon­ton po­lice act­ing Staff Sergeant Ter­rie Af­folder said po­lice were called Wed­nes­day about a woman who had been ob­vi­ously as­saulted and who was be­ing chased by a man out­side. The woman was taken to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous but not life-threat­en­ing in­juries and, a few hours later, a naked man act­ing er­rat­i­cally was ar­rested at a garage.

Of­fi­cers did not find the chil­dren in an ini­tial search of the rental suite, but af­ter speak­ing to the sus­pect they re­turned and found the young­sters in one of the rooms, said Staff Sgt. Af­folder.

“Their bod­ies were found con­cealed un­derneath piles of var­i­ous house­hold items,” she said.

Staff Sgt. Af­folder did not give the age soft he chil­dren other than to say they were very young. Au­top­sies were sched­uled for Fri­day, but the re­sults weren’t ex­pected be­fore Mon­day.

She said the man was the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther of one of the chil­dren, but was not liv­ing in the apart­ment with the woman.

“They had a re­la­tion­ship at some point be­cause they had a bi­o­log­i­cal child to­gether, and I be­lieve they were still hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship of some sort at this time .”

Po­lice said the ac­cused, who they did not name, was known to them. Court records show Mr. Laf le che had pleaded guilty in an Ed­mon­ton court on Oct .31 to an as­sault charge in­volv­ing Ta­mara Pet­awaysin.

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