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Father and woman charged with murder of toddler in Edmonton

Brandi Morin
APTN National News
Edmonton police (EPS) have charged a 26-year-old man and 25-year-old woman with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a toddler found dead on Friday.

Local media reports state that Raine’s father Joseph (Joey) Crier and Tasha Mack have also been charged with criminal negligence causing death, assault and failure to provide the necessities of life.

Crier also faces a count of assault causing bodily harm.

The body of a 19-month-old boy was found near a church in the city’s northeast Friday afternoon.

The toddler has been identified as Anthony Joesph Raine by his Aunt’s via a Facebook page.

Police said someone passing the Good Shepard Anglican Church on Friday afternoon noticed children’s clothing on the ground. But upon further inspection found the deceased toddler.

On Friday evening police released photos of the clothes the infant was wearing in an effort to identify him.

Joseph (Joey) Crier and Tasha Mack

Edmonton police released this image Saturday to try and identify two persons of interest.

Then on Saturday afternoon police again sought the public’s help to identify two “persons of interest” that were captured walking into a nearby grocery store pushing a stroller. They believed the two were connected to the death.

By Saturday evening police arrested Crier and Mack.

Raine’s mother is from the Louis Bull Tribe in Maskwacis and was notified by police about the death of her son on Saturday evening.

Raine’s aunt’s started a memorial page on Facebook where thousands of people have joined posting messages of support for the Raine family.


The aunt’s also created a Go Fund Me campaign to help with costs of the funeral. The post reads that Raine was not yet registered with Louis Bull Band and did not qualify for financial help with the funeral. As of Monday morning, almost $7,000 has been raised.

An autopsy was scheduled Monday morning and a wake is planned at the Louis Bull recreation center in the evening.

Both of the accused are in custody at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

EPS is holding a press conference at its headquarters at 3pm MT.


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6 Responses to “Father and woman charged with murder of toddler in Edmonton”

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    Cathy April 27, 2017 at 1:13 am #

    This sad event that happens is terrible. Not knowing the circumstances makes no difference as this was a tiny human who died. People speculate it was due to drugs. I think that if the father was couch surfing should he have not contacted the mother stating that?? It isn’t societies fault for the events that followed. But giving if the aunt saw bruises she too should have said something anything to prevent this death of a poor innocent baby.

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    Linda May April 26, 2017 at 2:02 am #

    I live in Wetaskiwin, and I am a Grandma of three beautiful girls…I would have gladly taken dear little Anthony under my wing and made sure that he was loved, happy and safe from all danger….until his Mother was able to take him back….
    Has anyone in the Band ever considered in helping a Mother in need by getting help from outside the Band???

    I really hope that you will think about this, because there are alot of us out there that would love to help girls to become successful and able to give their children A GOOD LIFE.

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      lori lee April 29, 2017 at 4:08 am #

      You are such a sweet woman.

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    Maggie April 25, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    This little boy went days without being missed by anyone. An aunt saw bruises and did nothing. A mother supposedly in nursing school and not taking care of her baby.

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    Teton Thompson April 24, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    Why do people care AFTER children are dead? Society sucks!!

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    Gail Paul April 24, 2017 at 6:51 pm #