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Mother and male suspect charged with sex offences against child

A child has been rescued and a woman and man arrested following what Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams describe as a complex investigation of sex offences against a child.

Alberta Children’s Services is involved in the case and the child is receiving specialized support services. The mother’s name will not be released to protect the child’s identity.

A search warrant was conducted at a Lethbridge home on Nov. 2, and the Internet Child Exploitation unit arrested a 34-year-old woman. Evidence of the alleged abuse was discovered through an investigation that led to the arrest of a 41-year-old Barnwell man in September. 

ICE believes the suspects were previously in a relationship and sexually assaulted the child, along with sharing child sexual abuse materials.

The Barnwell search and subsequent arrest were the result of a tip about child pornography being shared on Facebook by an Alberta suspect was shared with the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

“A forensic analysis of computers seized from the Barnwell home identified nearly half a million photos and videos of child sexual abuse materials,” ALERT reports. ICE identified unique materials believed to have been created by the accused, and, with further investigation, the suspect and child being abused were identified.

 

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The child’s mother is accused of sexual assault, sexual interference, making child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography. 

She has been released from custody with a court date set for Dec. 19 in Lethbridge.

The Barnwell man is charged with sexual assault, making child pornography, accessing child pornography and possessing child pornography. He has also been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Taber on Jan. 16.

Assisting the ICE unit were Taber Polic Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service and Vauxhall RCMP.

If you have information about this case or any child exploitation situation, please get in touch with your local police. Anonymous tips can be reported through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

 

 

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Missing mother and son found safe

Lethbridge Police Service has reported that Sheena Empringham, her three-year-old son Atreyu and her boyfriend have been located and are safe.

“The trio were found south of Lethbridge by HALO Air Ambulance,” reports LPS.

Thanks are extended to all involved in the collaborative investigation.

Police advise that no further information will be released.

 

 

Original article

Police in Lethbridge are asking for the public’s help in finding a 38-year-old Stavely woman and her son.

Sheena Empringham and her three-year-old, Atreyu, were reportedly “floating down” a southern Alberta river some time Sunday with an unidentified man, believed to be her boyfriend.

A text message from Sheena’s cellphone, to a family member, said they were looking for ammolite.

Authorities, however, have been unable to validate the details or the man’s identity.

In a social media posting Tuesday, police did confirm the first of two texts came Sunday and asked to be picked up south of Lethbridge but didn’t indicate which river or the exact pickup point.

The text message also stated they’d run out of food and water.

 

 

“On Aug. 28 (Monday), the family member received another text message saying Sheena’s phone had died but she still needed a ride. She indicated she’d call the relative at 3 p.m. with more information,” the Lethbridge Police Service Facebook post went on to say.

There’s been no contact since that followup text message.

“Police believe the trio were dropped off at their starting point by a friend, but so far the friend has not been identified,” the post said.

While no river was identified, Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services’ water rescue team carried out a search Monday night along the Oldman River, where it’s thought there could be concentrated deposits of ammolite.

Monday’s search ended with no results when river levels became too low for the rescue vessel to continue.

An aerial search by a drone and efforts by RCMP to canvas nearby properties and campgrounds have also failed to produce any leads.

It’s now been deemed as a missing persons case.

Anyone who may have seen Sheena or Atreyu is asked to contact Lethbridge police at 403-328-4444 (reference file 23020508) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Things to do before saying ‘I do’

Use this month-by-month checklist to make sure you don’t forget a thing.

12 months before

  • Decide on the type of wedding you’d like (civil or religious, big or small)
  • Choose a date
  • Determine the number of guests
  • Establish a budget
  • Pick venues for the ceremony and reception (it’s best to reserve early)

11 months before

  • Make your guest list
  • Choose a caterer (meet with a few first)
  • Select your wedding party
  • Hire a wedding planner

10 months before

  • Start shopping for a wedding dress
  • Decide on a theme for your wedding
  • Choose an officiant if you haven’t already done so

 

9 months before

  • Book a photographer
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for your out-of-town guests
  • Purchase a wedding gown
  • Shop for the groom’s attire and purchase it

8 months before

  • Meet with your officiant to plan your ceremony
  • Book your entertainment (DJ, band, MC, etc.)
  • Shop for and purchase your bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Design and order the wedding invitations and save-the-date cards

7 months before

  • Create a gift registry
  • Hire a florist
  • Plan your honeymoon

 

6 months before

  • Send out the save-the-date cards
  • Book your hair and makeup appointments for the day of (and trial runs for both)
  • Book a hotel room for the wedding night if necessary

5 months before

  • Create a schedule for the big day
  • Decide on dates for bachelor and bachelorette parties
  • Shop for and purchase shoes, jewelry and accessories

4 months before

  • Reserve wedding day transportation for the wedding party
  • Select alcohol and other drinks for the reception
  • Taste and choose your wedding cake
  • Buy wedding bands
  • Shop for and order the groomsmen’s attire

 

3 months before

  • Purchase wedding favours for your guests
  • If you’d like a loved one to say or read something during the ceremony, let them know
  • Write down your vows
  • Decide on activities for the reception (photo booth, dancing, games, etc.)

2 months before

  • Send out your wedding invitations
  • Do trial runs for both hair and makeup
  • Give your music selections to the DJ or MC

1 month before

  • Finalize the schedule for the big day
  • Choose a seating plan for the reception
  • Break in your shoes

 

1 week before

  • Visit the desired beauty professionals (hair colourist, esthetician, etc.)
  • Practise reading your vows
  • Write out cheques to pay your vendors

1 day before

  • Get your nails done
  • Give the cheques to someone you trust to pay the vendors

Day of, Enjoy!