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Mother charged in toddler's death

Infant's body found in passenger seat of car parked in underground garage

Bob Mitchell, Staff Reporter, March 27, 2009

A 34-year-old Bolton mother has been charged in the slaying of her 18-month old child.

The toddler's body was found earlier today in a car parked in an underground garage of the Mississauga Executive Centre located directly across from Square One Shopping Centre.

The woman is to appear later this afternoon in a Brampton courtroom. She will be charged with first-degree murder.

A car is removed from a crime scene at a garage of the Mississauga Executive Centre, March 27, 2009.

The boy's body was discovered just before 8 a.m. after the accused called police, telling them where to locate her dead child, police say.

The woman was under investigation by the Children's Aid Society.

Police won't confirm a report that the child protection agency was about to take the deceased child and her two other children.

Her other children were located unharmed, police said.

"They're safe," Peel Const. Wayne Patterson said. "That was our main concern..."

The dead child was found in the passenger seat of a silver Honda CRV that was later towed from Level 1 of the four level parking garage.

It's the Region's sixth homicide of the year.

Police won't reveal how the child was slain or where the killing took place.

An autopsy was to be completed either later today or tomorrow.

Access to the employee parking levels is by security card only, an employee said.

Investigators are also expected to examine footage from security video surveillance cameras of the entrance and underground areas.

"There are several security features in this building," Patterson said. "We hope these features will tell us why here? There are a lot of questions that need to be answered."

About 5,000 people work in the office building, an employee said.

The underground was quickly cordoned off with yellow tape when officers arrived at the building.

Employees have been allowed to enter the building on foot but nobody has been allowed to drive their vehicles from the garage throughout most of today.

"It's still very early in the investigation and there is a lot of work to be done," Patterson said.

Forensic identification officers examined the vehicle at the scene before the vehicle was towed away as it was covered completely by a large white tarp blocking its features, including its licence plate.

Officers are canvassing the building to see if there is anybody who may have come into contact with the accused.

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Woman convicted of killing 3 kids after custody battle


HELSINKI, Finland - A court in Finland has convicted a woman of murdering her three young children and has given her a life sentence.

The Espoo District Court says Thai-born Yu-Hsiu Fu was found guilty of strangling her 8-year-old twin daughters and 1-year-old son in her home.

She tried to kill herself afterward.

The verdict on Tuesday says the 41-year-old woman was found to be of sound mind at the time of the murders.

Court papers show the murders were preceded by a bitter custody battle with her Finnish husband who was living separately from her at the time of the murders.

A life sentence in Finland mean convicts usually serve at least 11 years in prison.

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Canadian Press - Mother child abuse - sentenced 16 years in jail

Ontario woman convicted of son's starvation death granted full parole

Canadian Press
Wednesday, May. 22, 2002

KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) -- An Ontario woman who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in one of Canada's stiffest penalties for child abuse will be released on full parole after serving less than half her term.

Lorelei Turner, 38, and her husband Steven were convicted of manslaughter in July 1995 for beating and starving their three-year-old son John to death in a case that horrified Canadians who followed the trial.

But on Wednesday, a panel of the National Parole Board in this eastern Ontario city ruled Turner will be released but placed on probation until July 2011.

Until then, she must remain within 25 kilometres of her residence, is not allowed unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and must continue to receive counselling.

"The board would have looked at the risk and obviously found a low risk to reoffend," Carol Sparling of the National Parole Board said Wednesday.