Calgary, AB,

Man charged with death of Ivy WICK

The Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit has charged one man in relation to the death of three-year-old Ivy WICK.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, emergency crews were called to a home in the 5300 block of Rundlehorn Drive N.E., for a report of a child in medical distress. The girl, Ivy WICK, was transported to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Doctors who assessed Ivy upon her arrival at hospital do not believe her injuries to be consistent with a fall of any kind.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, police released additional information about Ivy’s death in hopes of generating tips from the public. Detectives received several tips as a result and are continuing to follow up on each one.

On Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Justin Paul BENNETT, 25, of Calgary, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree murder. He appeared in court today, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

BENNET is in a relationship with Ivy’s mother, however, is not her biological father. Investigators are not looking for any additional suspects in relation to this case.

“Our homicide investigators have worked tirelessly to hold the alleged offender accountable and lay charges in this case,” says Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the CPS Homicide Unit. “No matter how much time has passed, we are committed to making sure that each homicide is investigated thoroughly to bring justice for the victims. We were fortunate to have the assistance and cooperation from multiple agencies to bring this file to a close, including resources from the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.”

Police would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance with this investigation. Detectives would also like to thank investigators in the CPS Child Abuse Unit and members of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre who assisted in the early stages of the investigation.

Case #17282413/3463