Eleven months after Meika Dawn Jordan died in hospital, police have charged her father and stepmother with second-degree murder.
Jordan Lee Spencer, 26, and Eve Magoon, 22, were taken into custody without incident on Sunday. Both face a charge of second-degree murder in the death of six-year-old Meika.
On Nov. 13, 2011, police went to the family's home and discovered Meika had been seriously injured. She was taken to hospital where she died the next day. Her dad and stepmother told police the little girl was hurt when she fell down a set of stairs.
An autopsy, held three days after Meika's death, revealed that the young girl died from multiple blunt force trauma to her head and abdomen and that these injuries were inconsistent with falling down the stairs. Meika also had third-degree burns on the palm and fingers of one hand.
Although the caregivers were suspected of causing the fatal injuries at the outset, that was not enough for police to charge them. Police wanted evidence that would narrow the time frame in which those injuries occurred so it could be proved that Meika was under their care at the time she was hurt. Her mother, Kyla Guttman, who was with her daughter at the time of her death, had shared custody of the little girl.
Last week, Calgary police announced the little girl had in fact suffered injuries while under the care of Jordan and Magoon.
At a news conference held yesterday, Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus is quoted in the Vancouver Sun as saying, " This has been a complex investigation utilizing a significant number of resources from within the Calgary police service. Resources from police and partnering agencies were also utilized. The inter-departmental and inter-agency cooperation and assistance was key in resolving this case."
Andrus is quoted in the Calgary Herald as saying Jordan and Magoon had "exclusive opportunity" to cause the injuries that led to the little girl's death.
Jordan and Magoon were described as "uncooperative" throughout the investigation.
While Guttman had no comment to make, other than she was happy that the father and stepmother had been arrested, Meika's grandmother, Donna Guttman, is quoted in the Toronto Sun as saying, "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. We are ecstatic, they are where they should have been 10 months ago."
Jordan and Magoon are scheduled to appear in court today.