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Murder charges approved against Cranbrook babysitter

Cranbrook RCMP are releasing a few details in the May 26 death of 19-month-old Iyanna Teeple.

Just before noon, the B.C. Ambulance Service and the Cranbrook Fire Department First Responders were called to an address in the 2000 block of 2nd Street North, in response to a child in medical distress, and not breathing.

The child was taken to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, and then flown to Calgary Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead three days later. A forensic autopsy confirmed that she had died from drowning.

An RCMP press release states police were called in to investigate the circumstances that led up to this event.

Through their investigation, they learned the child had been left with an adult babysitter in the morning, and found, face-down in the bath tub a few hours later.

Police conducted several interviews with the babysitter, before they had enough evidence to indicate that foul play was suspected.

On June 24, police sent their investigation to Crown Counsel, who conducted an exhaustive review of all of the evidence, and on October 24 approved a charge of second-degree murder against the babysitter, 28-year-old Tammy Marion Bouvette.

Police are not releasing many details about their investigation, but credit the efforts of the medical examiner, in Alberta, for pushing this investigation forward.

Bouvette is set to make an appearance in Cranbrook Provincial Court on Tuesday, but will have to appear in front of a Supreme Court Justice for a bail hearing.

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