Alta. man charged in kids’ deaths, in­juries to mother

Times Colonist - - Canada - 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 sec­ond­de­gree 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.

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

Ed­mon­ton po­lice act­ing Staff Sgt. Ter­rie Af­folder said of­fi­cers got a call around 5:35 p.m. Wed­nes­day about a woman who had been ob­vi­ously as­saulted and who was be­ing chased by a man out­side.

She 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 Af­folder.

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

Af­folder did not give the ages of the 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 is the bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther of one of the chil­dren, and 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 Lafleche had pleaded guilty in an Ed­mon­ton court on Oct. 31 to an as­sault charge in­volv­ing Ta­mara Pet­awaysin.

He was fined $100 and sen­tenced to 12 months pro­ba­tion.

Un­der the terms of his pro­ba­tion, he was or­dered not to have con­tact with Pet­awaysin.

On Nov. 30, he pleaded guilty to breach­ing a con­di­tion of re­cog­ni­zance and was sen­tenced to 30 days in jail. It’s not clear in the court doc­u­ments why he was out of jail.

His record also con­tains con­vic­tions on other charges, in­clud­ing ut­ter­ing threats and as­sault on a peace of­fi­cer.

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