Four men have now been charged with accessory to murder and indignity to a dead body after the remains of an eight-year-old girl missing from west Edmonton were found in April at Maskwacis south of Edmonton.
The girl was the subject of a welfare check at the Edmonton home near 87 Avenue and 165 Street on April 24 but when officers arrived, they called homicide detectives after the child could be not found.
Days before the child’s remains were found on the Samson Cree Nation at Maskwacis, about 95 kilometres south of Edmonton, police arrested the 27-year-old woman on charges of first-degree murder and indignity to a body.
An autopsy determined the child had been killed, dying of blunt impact injuries.
Those previously charged in the killing also include a 25-year-old man charged with accessory to murder and indignity to a dead body, as well as Edward Nievera, 67, charged with accessory to murder and indignity to a dead body.
According to court documents, Nievera is accused of helping the 27-year-old woman “escape” an undisclosed situation or place on April 22 and 23 while knowing the killing had occurred. He is also accused of moving the body in a hockey bag to an unknown location.
The names of the woman and 25-year-old man charged in the case continue to be withheld by homicide detectives to protect the identity of other children related to the young victim; a publication ban is in place to protect her identity.