The Canadian woman who was arrested in connection with a grisly case, where local officials in Winnipeg, Canada say they have found the bodies of several dead infant babies in a storage locker, appeared in court on Friday. Workers at a U-Haul facility called police with the disturbing news.
Police spokesman Const. Eric Hofley could not say how long the bodies had been in the locker before they were found and an autopsy is underway to determine the age of the babies in question.
Investigators don’t have many details to go on yet. Early findings indicate that the body count might actually be closer to six deceased babies. The bodies are being examined, but authorities are not sure if they will ever be able to say if the little ones were stillborn, or killed after they were delivered.
Andrea Giesbrecht was eventually arrested and accused of concealing the remains of six infants or unborn children in a storage locker. Giesbrecht, 40, was charged after the remains were found in a locker at a U-Haul storage facility on October 20. She was initially arrested for homicide, but without any evidence of homicide, she was charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child.
Winnipeg police executed a search warrant on Giesbrecht’s house but did not find any helpful information or evidence.
The CBC has additional details on today’s court proceedings:
The lawyer for Andrea Giesbrecht, accused of hiding the remains of six infants in a Winnipeg storage locker, was back in court on Friday to seek an order to have an independent observer at the autopsies.
Greg Brodsky made the request at a hearing on Wednesday but now several applications have been made for intervener status, including from the Winnipeg Police Service and the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office.
The court is attempting to determine who should have standing before resuming with Brodsky’s motion.
The judge overseeing the matter will hand down a decision on Nov. 5.
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David Gisser, the lawyer for chief medical examiner’s office, called the motion “unprecedented” and said he is concerned the application challenges the “independence, impartiality and integrity of the office.”
Because the autopsy is not a Criminal Code case or an inquest, the court doesn’t even have authority to deal with such a motion, Gisser added.
The provincial Fatality Inquiries Act specifically gives the medical examiner independence and authority over how autopsies are done, he said.
The autopsies — which were 90 per cent complete until being postponed due to Brodsky’s motion — will help determine the age of the remains.