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Man, 29, charged in 'senseless' deaths of 2 young children

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Police investigators remain on scene Thursday evening at Allen Manor, where two children were found dead on Wednesday. © Travis McEwan/CBC Police investigators remain on scene Thursday evening at Allen Manor, where two children were found dead on Wednesday.

A 29-year-old man is facing homicide charges in the death of two young children found dead Wednesday in southeast Edmonton apartment suite. 

Staff Sgt. Terrie Affolder, acting chief of the Edmonton police homicide section, confirmed the charges during a news conference Friday at Edmonton police downtown headquarters. 

Affolder said the accused is the biological father of the youngest of the two children. He had a relationship with the woman but did not live with them in the apartment where their bodies were found. 

The children's bodies were found during a search of the apartment, in a storage room, "concealed under a pile of household items," Affolder said. 

Affolder described in the death as "senseless." 

"Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends impacted by this tragedy." 

Autopsies are scheduled for Friday morning, and police expect results from the medical examiner later in the afternoon.

Affolder did not release the suspect's name. She said there was no investigative reason for doing so.

Police did not release the names or ages of the victims.

The children's bodies were discovered Wednesday inside an apartment suite in Allen Manor at 7920 71st St., in the King Edward Park neighbourhood.

Officers were initially called to the area around 5:30 p.m. and found a woman in distress who had serious injuries.  

Police vehicles parked outside the apartment building in King Edward Park were the bodies of two children were found Wednesday. © Travis McEwan/CBC Police vehicles parked outside the apartment building in King Edward Park were the bodies of two children were found Wednesday.

About three hours later, another call came in to report a man acting erratically, who had broken into a garage near 73rd Street and 80th Avenue.

Officers later determined the man was a suspect in relation to the assault, police said.

Further investigation led patrol officers back to the apartment suite where the children's bodies were found around 8:30 p.m.

The man was arrested and remains in custody. 

Christian Tobar, who lives in Allen Manor, said the children and their family moved into the building about two months ago.

He said he often heard arguments through the wall.

"I heard yelling the night before [the kids were found dead]. The girl was like, 'I'm going to kill you ... get out of my house. Every time, you always do this to me,' and stuff like that," Tobar said. 

Tobar said police knocked on his door on Wednesday night and informed him of the deaths.

Since then, the building has been crawling with police and forensic investigators in hazmat suits.

Tobar was disturbed by the news.

"I found that out and [I thought,] I gotta move out of here, I'll be honest," Tobar said.  "It makes me sick to my stomach. I have kids myself."

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