The bodies of two dead children found in a southwest Edmonton apartment Wednesday were only discovered under a pile of household items after a second search of the suite, Edmonton police said Friday.
Their bodies were concealed by the man accused in their deaths, acting Staff Sgt. Terrie Affolder said. The man is the biological father of the youngest child. Police have not yet released the ages of the children.
The man, who refused to identify because they said "served no investigative purpose," is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.
The disturbing details were released at a Friday news conference at Edmonton Police Headquarters.
Responding to a report of an assault
Police were called to an apartment in the area of 79 Avenue and 71 Street in the King Edward Park neighborhood Wednesday afternoon for a report that a woman had been assaulted.
About three hours later, the police were called to a garage break-in a few blocks away, at 73 Street and 80 Avenue, and found a man who was reportedly acting erratically.
Officers determined that the man was a suspect in the earlier assault and arrested him. Further investigations led the police back to an apartment where the kids were found dead.
Police still on scene Friday
Police were still on the scene at the beige, three-storey apartment building Friday morning. Crime scene tape, tied to trees and some scaffolding, surrounded the entire apartment.
Someone had placed two teddy bears at the foot of a tree out front.