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Edmonton police probe child murders

Edmonton homicide detectives are still trying to piece together the events surrounding the murder of two children at a northeast townhouse Sunday.

Edmonton homicide detectives are still trying to piece together the events surrounding the murder of two children at a northeast townhouse Sunday.

Police received a call for a welfare check at a residence just before midnight, when they discovered the youngsters.

Children and Youth Services Minister Yvonne Fritz confirmed the family had been “involved” with her staff, but that the children resided with their mother and not in foster care.

“We provided support and services to the family based on what their needs were. The children were residing with their mother.

“Any instance of family violence is a tragic situation,” said Fritz.

Meanwhile, NDP Children and Youth Services’ critic Rachel Notley is calling for an investigation — nearly two years after first calling for a public inquiry into child protective services.

“I feel terribly for the relatives and friends of these two young children,” Notley said in a release. “The government owes them a detailed public investigation into what went wrong here so we can stop such things from happening again.”

Another neighbour, Mark Sanders, who received a knock on his door from police around 1:30 a.m., said he didn’t know the people who lived in the home and that they hadn’t been living there for very long.

"It's a small neighbourhood but not too many of us know each other by name — just by sight," he said.

With files from the canadian press

 
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