October 8, 2012
Dad, stepmom charged in girl's death
By Katie Schneider, QMI Agency
CALGARY -- After an 11-month investigation, police have charged the father and stepmother of six-year-old Meika Jordan with her murder.
Spencer Lee Jordan, 26, was arrested in a south Calgary hotel room and Marie Eve Magoon, 22, was picked up downtown Sunday night. Each are charged with second-degree murder.
Meika was in their care when she was injured Nov. 13, 2011, and died in hospital the next day with her mom, Kyla Guttman, by her side.
An autopsy revealed Meika died of blunt force trauma injuries to her head and abdomen, inconsistent with initial claims she fell down the stairs.
Last Wednesday, police said they believe Meika also sustained a third-degree burn that covered the palm of her hand and fingers.
The updated medical evidence and timeline of the injuries were enough for police to make an arrest and lay charges, homicide Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus said Monday.
When reached, Guttman and common-law spouse Brian Woodhouse said they were happy arrests were made but declined to comment further until a later time.
Meika's grandmother, Donna Guttman, expressed relief at the arrests.
"We're definitely happy we are finally getting justice -- I think the Calgary police have done a fantastic job and I don't think any one of them will get over this, probably the same as our family," she said, adding it brings some closure.
"We are ecstatic, they are where they should have been 10 months ago."
In a December interview with QMI Agency, Kyla Guttman was left searching for answers, questioning what her daughter could have possibly done to deserve such horrific harm.
Andrus was not able to comment on a possible motive as the matter is before the courts.
"Caregivers do not harm their children for reasons typically found in adult sudden death investigations such as revenge or greed or robbery -- caregivers harm their children for reasons such as crying, bed-wetting, or out of frustration or resentment," he said.
"One of the reasons these investigations are so complex is that caregivers are either reluctant or embarrassed to discuss those reasons with our investigators."
The accused did not co-operate with the investigation.
Police and partnering agencies working together was key to solving the case, which was rewarding.
"Of course infant deaths tend to strike a special chord with our investigators, an emotional chord, some of whom have children of their own and I think this investigation also struck an emotional chord with the community," Andrus said.
The accused will appear in court Tuesday.
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