Al­berta man charged in kids’ deaths

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

ED­MON­TON — A 29-yearold man has been charged in the deaths of two young chil­dren who were found in a south­east Ed­mon­ton apart­ment af­ter their in­jured mother was taken to hos­pi­tal.

Ash­ton Brian Lafleche ap­peared briefly by closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion in pro­vin­cial court this morn­ing.

Lafleche is fac­ing two counts of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, as well as charges of as­sault caus­ing bod­ily harm and breach of pro­ba­tion.

His de­fence lawyer, Gary Smith, set the mat­ter over to Dec. 21.

Act­ing Staff Sgt. Ter­rie Af­folder said po­lice were called on 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, Af­folder said Fri­day.

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

Af­folder did not give the ages of the chil­dren other than to say they were very young.

Au­top­sies were sched­uled for Fri­day.

She said the man, who is known to po­lice, 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.”

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