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Fort Saskatchewan RCMP lay charges following infant homicide

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A Fort Saskatchewan man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his child.

Saturday, at 6:43 p.m., RCMP responded with EMS to a report of a one-year-old boy in medical distress. He was taken to a local hospital by EMS where he was pronounced deceased.

Due to injuries apparent on the child, the RCMP major crimes unit was brought in to lead the investigation.

Damien Christopher Starrett, 30, has been charged with second degree murder.

He is also charged with assault against another child.

Starrett has been remanded into custody to attend Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Court on Nov. 28, 2019.

“This is an extremely tragic situation for this family and the community at large” said Inspector Michael McCauley, Detachment Commander for Fort Saskatchewan RCMP. “Several RCMP units are involved in this investigation and the Zebra Child Protection Center has provided their expertise. In the interest of protecting the wellbeing of the family members, the RCMP are asking the media to respect the family’s privacy.”

Fort Saskatchewan is about 36 km northeast of Edmonton.