On Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:00 am, emergency services personnel were dispatched to a “Check the Wellbeing” call in the 100 block of Coleridge Park Drive.
Upon arrival responding personnel located two young children in the residence. Both children were transported to the Hospital in critical condition and have since succumbed to their injuries.
Police are now requesting the public and media’s assistance in locating the deceased children’s mother who was identified as Lisa Gibson (32) who is described as a Caucasian woman standing 5’5″ in height with short light blonde/red hair and a slim build. She was last seen in the Westwood area of the City.
Police released a photograph of Gibson to assist with the investigation which is being continued by members of the WPS Homicide Unit.
Facebook photo’s of Gibson show a number of family photographs and an announcement of the recent birth of a boy.
Police have not confirmed the deaths are being treated as Homicides at this point in the investigation.
Police clearly have grave concerns regarding the mental state & wellbeing of the mother being sought in connection with this investigation. If foul play was involved in the deaths of these children and Gibson is a suspect, Police will have serious concerns she may be suicidal.
The killing of children is an especially disturbing act that causes intense public outrage.
Attending child death scenes can also be highly emotional disturbing events for Law Enforcement Officers and EMS personnel. Many officers suffer from PTSD from their involvement in such cases.
Parental involvement in the death of their children is rare.
Maternal involvement in the death of a child or children is even more rare.
In June 1996 Darlie Lynn Routier (26) of Dallas, Texas, brutally murdered her sons Damon (5) and Devon (6) who she stabbed to death while they slept with her in a downstairs family room. Routier’s husband and infant son slept through the attacks in an upstairs bedroom and were not injured. Routier told Police she also slept through the attacks and woke to see the back of a man fleeing their home. Routier suffered wounds Police believed were self-inflicted to cover up the killings.
Routier was arrested and charged with capital murder after making inconsistent statements to Police. She was later convicted and received a death sentence.
Routier had no Police record.
She is currently languishing on death row in a Texas prison.
In October 1994, Susan Leigh Vaughan Smith killed her two sons, Michael (3) and Alexander (1) by strapping them into their car seats and setting her vehicle adrift in a lake. She was subsequently convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
On June 20, 2001, Andrea Yates drowned her five (5) children in a bathtub in the family home in the state of Texas. The children ranged in ages from 6 months to 7 years. Yates was charged and convicted of capital murder and was sentenced to life with no possibility of parole for 40 years. The verdict was overturned on appeal and Yates was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity.
In late January 2010, Allyson McConnell, an Australian national, drowned her two young boys, Connor (2) & Jayden (10 mths) in a bathtub at their home in Millet, Alberta. (A small town 40 km south of Edmonton) McConnell was found guilty of Manslaughter and received a six year sentence, served a few months and was subsequently deported.
In October 2010, Calgary Police located a baby in a garbage dumpster and subsequently interviewed the child’s mother who was identified as Meredith Katharine Borowiec (31). The ensuing Police investigation resulted in charges of Attempt Murder for the surviving child and two (2) charges of murder in relation to newly born children disposed of in a similar fashion in 2008 & 2009. The revelations regarding the other two victims came as a result of a Police interrogation. Borowiec is remains before the Courts and is presumed innocent.
To date, Winnipeg has recorded thirteen (13) homicides.