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Canada2 children found dead in Edmonton apartment, homicide unit investigating

03:20  07 december  2018
03:20  07 december  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

Two children found dead in southeast Edmonton apartment suite

Two children found dead in southeast Edmonton apartment suite Homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious deaths of two young children found Wednesday in an apartment suite in southeast Edmonton. Officers initially responded at about 5:30 p.m. to an emergency call about an assault on a woman in the King Edward Park neighbourhood, Edmonton police said Thursday in a news release. When officers arrived at the scene, near 79th Avenue and 71st Street, they found a woman in distress who had serious injuries. About three hours later, another call came in to report a man acting erratically who had broken into a garage near 73rd Street and 80th Avenue.

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The Edmonton Police Service's homicide unit is investigating after two children's bodies were discovered in an apartment building on Wednesday night.

In a news release issued on Thursday, police said officers responded to an alleged assault on a female near 79 Avenue and 71 Street at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Upon arrival, officers located a female in distress and with serious injuries," police said.

Three hours later, police were called to a report of a man "acting erratically" and who allegedly broke into a garage 73 Street and 80 Avenue.

"It was later determined that the male was a suspect in relation to the assault of the female at 79 Avenue and 71 Street," police said. "The man was arrested and remains in police custody.

"After further investigations, patrol officers returned to an apartment suite at 79 Avenue and 71 Street where two children were found deceased."

Police said homicide investigators are now looking into the incidents. Autopsies have yet to be scheduled, however, police are calling the children's deaths suspicious.

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