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article imageNew detail in death of Teagan Batstone, 8, as Mom weeps in court

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 12, 2014 in Crime
Results of an autopsy on the body of eight-year-old Teagan Batstone are not public but a new detail in the tragedy is now known. Teagan's Mom, Lisa Batstone, went to a house near where her car was and asked the person at the door to call police.
Body found in trunk
CTV News reports that Lisa Batstone, since charged in her daughter's death, knocked on the door of a home in the South Surrey neighborhood where her car was in a ditch. A woman at still another house in that neighborhood, Joan Cook, told CTV that the door Lisa Batstone knocked on was the door of a neighbor of hers.
Cook said that when her neighbor answered that knock at the door a stranger to her, Lisa Batstone, stood there. "She (Lisa Batstone) came to her door and told her to call 911, her baby was dead,” Joan Cook said.
The call went into 911 at around noon on Wednesday and police immediately attended, finding Teagan's body in the trunk of the car. It is unclear if police were told by Lisa Batstone her daughter's body was in the trunk or if they found it while inspecting the vehicle.
Cpl. Jennifer Pound of IHIT has said that they believed the body of the girl was transported there and that she died elsewhere. The mother was taken into custody at the scene.
Mother charged in Surrey court
On Thursday afternoon a distraught and crying Lisa Batstone was charged in a Surrey courthouse. She did not speak during the entire proceedings and was taken back to a cell after being charged with second-degree murder in the death of Teagan.
Teagan's father, Gabe Batstone, who has been divorced for six years from Lisa Batstone, lives in Ottawa where he now has another family. Teagan went to Ottawa to live with her Dad and siblings there four times each year. In tweets her Dad implied that there were issues around custody and his ex-wife and suggested that the system had let his daughter down.
Gabe Batstone tweeted “our family courts and thus we all failed" Teagan, but did not elaborate. That tweet came Wednesday and on Thursday he also tweeted a call for reform. One tweet, directed at Justice Minister Peter MacKay, read: "I sincerely hope we change the narrative of my daughters murder away from the murderer to Teagan & changes in family law."
Gabe Batstone said he is enlisting the help of grief counselors to tell Teagan's half-brother, 3, and her step-brother, 8, about the loss of their sister. He has vowed to never forget his daughter.
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