Canadian Children's Rights Council
Conseil canadien des droits des enfants
Child Murdered by Mother Who Killed Father

Coroner's Inquest

Investigation into the Death of Zachary Andrew Turner (18 July 2002 to 18 August 2003)

Zachary Turner, a 13 months old baby, died at the hands of his fugitive mother, Dr. Shirley Turner, who killed him and then committed suicide on August 18, 2003.

Turner was facing extradition to the United States to stand trial for the 2001 murder of Dr. Andrew Bagby, Zachary's father.

28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby was found shot to death in Keystone State Park, 55 kilometres northeast of Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.

Turner fled to Newfoundland, Canada where Zachary was born. She was out on bail against the wishes of U.S. authorities at the time of Zachary's death.

Turner Review and Investigation, September 2006

The Child and Youth Advocate for the Province of Newfoundland

For Immediate Release

Child and Youth Advocate Calls Press Conference for October 4, 2006

Re: Turner Child Death Review

The Child and Youth Advocate, Darlene Neville, announced today that Dr. Peter Markesteyn provided her with his Findings regarding the Turner Child Death Review on Friday, September 15, 2006.

Neville will release the Findings in their entirety at a Press Conference scheduled for 12 noon, October 4, 2006 at the Media Centre, Ground Floor, East Block, Confederation Building.

Turner Review and Investigation, September 2006

Zachary Turner Review and Investigation, September 2006 Volume 1 (551 pages)

Zachary Turner Review and Investigation, September 2006 Volume 2 (478 pages)

Zachary Turner Review and Investigation, September 2006 Volume 3 Table of Contents (9 pages)

Zachary Turner Review and Investigation, September 2006 Appendix A

Zachary Turner Review and Investigation, September 2006 Appendix B

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No need for Zachary Turner to die: death review

CBC News, Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The social services system in Newfoundland and Labrador failed a 13-month-old boy, who drowned along with his mother in a 2003 murder-suicide, a review has found.

Zachary Turner died when Shirley Turner, 42, clutched him to her body and jumped into Conception Bay, several kilometres outside of St. John's.

"Nowhere did I find any ongoing assessment of the safety needs of the children," coroner Peter Markesteyn, referring both to Zachary and Turner's daughter from another relationship, wrote in a three-volume report released Wednesday.

Turner, a general practitioner, fled to Newfoundland after her estranged lover Andrew Bagby, 28, was shot to death in a Pennsylvania parking lot on Nov. 5, 2001. Read More ..

The Telegram

'Dear Zachary' hits chord with viewers

Director says he's been inundated with support, e-mails

The Telegram, St. John's NF,  by TARA MULLOWNEY, December 11, 2008

Zachary Turner
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne gives one-year-old Zachary Turner a kiss upon meeting him July 2003. Kuenne's film about the murders of Zachary and his father, Andrew Bagby, has generated considerable positive reader feedback. - Submitted photo by David Bagby

Since it aired on television across North America last weekend, a documentary about the lives and murders of Dr. Andrew Bagby and his son, Zachary Turner, has inspired people to write the filmmaker, telling him how it has changed their lives.

Kurt Kuenne, a close friend of Bagby, told The Telegram he has received hundreds of e-mails since his film "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father" aired on MSNBC Sunday, both from people who say they have written Parliament and the attorney general to lobby for justice system changes, and from those who say the film touched them like no other.   Read More ..

Dear Zachary - The Movie Documentary - TRAILER 2min 40 sec

This movie aired on MSNBC in the U.S.A. in December 2008 and again on January 4th, 2009. It was released on DVD on February 24, 2009. The shortened version was aired on the CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's largest TV broadcaster)

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