Second-degree murder charges laid as Maskwacis wake held for toddler found dead outside Edmonton church
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Second-degree murder charges laid as Maskwacis wake held for toddler found dead outside Edmonton church

A man and woman are each charged with second-degree murder after a toddler was found dead outside a north Edmonton church on Friday, show court records.

Joseph Crier, 26, is charged with second-degree murder, assault, assault causing bodily harm, failure to provide the necessaries of life and criminal negligence. Tasha Mack, 25, is charged with second-degree murder, assault, failure to provide the necessaries of life and criminal negligence.

The body of one-year-old Anthony Joseph Raine was found by a passerby on Friday near Good Shepherd Anglican Church on Castle Downs Road. A wake in his mother’s home community of Louis Bull Cree Nation at Maskwacis, about 90 km south of Edmonton, is being held Monday.

The boy’s aunts over the weekend posted photos of the toddler on a Facebook memorial and a GoFundMe page set up by the family on Monday morning had raised over $5,600.


The man and woman charged with the killing were arrested late Saturday night in northwest Edmonton police earlier in the day released security photos from a nearby Beaumaris Sobeys store taken April 17 that showed a couple pushing a stroller.

Homicide investigators said they believe the boy was left near the church Tuesday between 10:51 a.m. and 11:51 a.m. Autopsy results have not been released.

On Sunday, as Rev. Jon Connell led an hour-long service inside the Good Shepherd Anglican Church, a steady stream of people visited a makeshift shrine for the dead child on the northern edge of the building.

Inside the church, Connell told more than three dozen parishioners that a vigil service is being planned for next week.

Connell described the event as a “devastating tragedy and loss of a life that should never happen.”

“Needless to say, as a parish, we are all dreadfully sad and disappointed and dreadfully sorry for the loss of this little life.”

Connell said the toddler was robbed of his “chance to flourish, to run and jump and play and eat and drink and to find out what it’s like to eat too much candy, to have his first day at school, his first time at summer camp, his first scraped knee, his first kiss.

“It seems such a waste, so much potential lost.”

source : Calgary SUN
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