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March 12, 2010 permalink

On Thursday March 11 there was a candlelight vigil in front of the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton for the twenty-one-month old girl killed in her Morinville foster home on March 3. Here is a report from a participant:

The mom was in attendance, but she is bound to silence (I honestly do not even know her name). Media had to turn off cameras when she was in sight. Not once could the child's name be spoken. However, it was a very beautiful, touching vigil... I've never been in the presence of such a spiritual tribute as this. I was told by Media that mom is under extreme duress and requests privacy.

Source: private communication from participant

The same participant supplied photographs.

Here is the Edmonton Journal report on the vigil:



Candlelight vigil honours foster child

Taleah Bellerose-Frencheater
Taleah Bellerose-Frencheater, 5, holds a sign at a candlelight vigil held for a toddler who died in foster care. About 100 people attended the vigil held outside the Alberta legislature in Edmonton on March 11, 2010.
Photograph by: Larry Wong,

EDMONTON — About 100 people attended a candlelight vigil at the Alberta legislature Thursday evening for a toddler who died in foster care.

The 21-month-old girl died at the Stollery’s Children’s Hospital last Wednesday, two days after an alleged incident at a Morinville-area foster home.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide by the RCMP based on findings by the medical examiner.

The medical examiner’s office has not released a cause of death, but family members were told it was consistent with brain injuries caused by shaken baby syndrome.

The child has been placed in care two months earlier.

Source: Edmonton Journal