Suspect in stabbings of mother and child in Edmonton dies in hospital

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EDMONTON — The suspect in the stabbing deaths of a mother and child outside a school last week has died in hospital, police said Thursday.

The man was shot by Edmonton police last Friday after a 35-year-old woman and her 11-year-old child were stabbed outside Crawford Plains School in the southeastern part of the city.

"Investigators have determined that the 33-year-old male is the sole person responsible for the deaths of the mother and child," police said in a news release.

"As the suspect was incapacitated in hospital and has now passed away, charges cannot be laid, and the suspect will not be named."

An autopsy on the man is scheduled for Tuesday.

Family members have identified the mother as Carolann Robillard and the child as Sarah Miller, who had recently started using the first name Jayden.

The Edmonton Medical Examiner determined this week that the woman and child both died of multiple sharp-force injuries, adding that the deaths are considered homicides.

The suspect, who was known to police and had a record of assaulting children, was found by officers shortly after the attack.

Police say he was shot after an altercation with officers and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 11, 2023.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story; An earlier version said the man was shot Saturday.