Homicide team probes death of toddler

Parents say three-year-old girl slipped in the bathroom and hit her head in Cloverdale home.

Homicide teams are investigating the death of a three-year-old at a Cloverdale home last week.

It’s a fatality the parents are calling a complete accident.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Surrey RCMP was called to the home in the 5800-block of 182 Street and rushed the girl to hospital with undisclosed injuries.

It was there she succumbed to her injuries.

The death was classified as suspicious and the  Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took the lead in the case.

The girl’s mother Jennifer Johanson and stepfather Cody Graham told CTV News the death of Charlee was “100 per cent accidental.”

Graham said Charlee was too small to reach the bathroom sink, so she stood on a small plastic bin. She jumped down, slipped and smacked her head.

She seemed fine that day, but had a “horrible seizure” the next day.

The full CTV interview can be found here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=552158

Sgt. Stephanie Ashton, media relations officer for IHIT, said “any time we investigate a suspicious death we treat it very seriously. We ask that the public keep in mind a child has died and her family is now dealing with that death.”

IHIT is asking anyone who may have information to call the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448) or email at ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

If you wish to remain anonymous, provide your information on the web to Crime Stoppers at solvecrime.ca or by phone at 1-800-222-8477.

– with files from CTV News