WOODSTOCK, Ont. – Victoria Stafford’s mother sobbed “my baby, my baby” repeatedly when police told her the eight-year-old girl had been murdered.
That from the grandmother of Victoria, who says it sounded like someone put a “butcher knife” through Tara McDonald’s heart when police delivered the tragic news last week.
Victoria went missing in Woodstock, Ont., on April 8 and after a six-week investigation police told her family last Tuesday night that they had arrested two people and would be charging one with murder.
Linda Winters says McDonald, her daughter, is trying to be strong now for her family, in particular her 11-year-old son Daryn, but that night she was in agony.
Michael Rafferty, 28, is charged with abduction and first-degree murder and his girlfriend Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, is charged with abduction and being an accessory.
Meanwhile, a petition calling for loosening the criteria for when an Amber Alert is issued is quickly gaining steam online, with more than 23,000 signatures.
Police have said such an alert did not apply to Victoria’s case, given the current definition of what constitutes an Amber Alert.