'Terrible life full of violence:' Edmonton police charge two in toddler's death

Family and friends are mourning his death online.

"(It's) the worst pain of her life", said Raine about how her sister, the boy's mother, took the news when Edmonton police officers knocked on her door late Saturday night.

Investigators have said they believe the boy was left near the Good Shepherd Anglican Church on Tuesday morning, three days before his body was found on Friday by a passerby.

Police say a toddler found dead outside an Edmonton church last week lived a terrible life of violence and abuse.

Police say a 19-month-old boy found dead outside a church last week was covered in bruises and was horribly abused before he was killed by a blow to the head.

Charges are pending against both people and investigators are trying to determine their relationship to the little boy, said a 9:32 p.m. Saturday police news release.

The child's father Joseph Crier, 26, and Tasha-Lee Mack, 25 each face one count of second-degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide the necessities and assault.Crier is also charged with assault causing bodily harm.

People also stopped by to leave flowers and a teddy bear at the place where the child's body was discovered.

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.

"He suffered a lot of trauma", homicide Staff Sgt. Duane Hunter said Monday.

"He was living a bad life, full of violence, and one that is incredibly sad, and that you don't even want to speak about", Hunter said Monday.

On Saturday police released pictures from a surveillance video, showing the two individuals pushing a baby stroller as they entered a store.

Hunter was asked if the family had been involved with social services or police before. "He was the sweetest little boy you can meet".

Their cases were put over to May 8 to allow them time to seek legal counsel.

  • Rogelio Becker