Edmonton man, 24, charged with second-degree murder in 2016 infant's death

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A 24-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder following the death of an infant in 2016.

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Edmonton Police Services say officers were called to the Stollery Children’s Hospital on Sept. 11, 2016, after a five-week-old boy was admitted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The boy died two days later.

A police news release said the Edmonton medical examiner conducted an autopsy on Sept. 15, 2016. However “further testing was required to determine the cause of death.”

On Dec. 10, 2020, the medical examiner deemed the death non-accidental and ruled it a homicide.

On Wednesday, following an investigation by the EPS homicide section, Tyler Hodgson, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Police are not releasing the name of the infant or how he died. They say the accused and the infant were known to one another.

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“This was a very sad file for all concerned, and our hearts go out to the family who continues to suffer greatly from this tragic loss,” acting Insp. Colin Leathem of the EPS homicide section said in the news release.

“A news release was not issued at the time of the child’s death due to the need for further medical testing to determine the cause of death. After detectives received that confirmation, they were able to proceed with their final investigative tasks in order to arrest and charge the suspect and bring closure to this long investigation.”

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