Edmonton Homicide detectives charge mother with murder in death of baby girl

Edmonton, Alberta – Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section detectives have charged a 31-year-old Edmonton woman in connection with the murder of her 11-day-old daughter.

Southeast Division patrol members responded to an address near 72 Street and 83 Avenue on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, after receiving a report of a baby not breathing. Upon arrival, paramedics were transporting the baby to hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Medical Examiner’s Office contacted EPS Homicide Section on Thursday, April 6, 2017, after autopsy and toxicology tests confirmed that the baby girl died from a lethal dose of methamphetamine.

Michelle Rice, 31, has since been charged with second-degree murder.

Homicide detectives would also like to speak with several other individuals who are believed to have visited the residence in the 11 days prior to the baby’s death.

Investigators are asking anyone that was at the house on or after March 18th, 2017, to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

Note: Every file is evaluated on a case by case basis. The EPS has decided not to release the name of the deceased in this investigation for the following reasons: it does not serve an investigative purpose, there is no risk to public safety and the EPS has a duty to protect the privacy rights of the victims and their families.

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