Calgary cops need warrant for coroner's evidence in death of 6-year-old

Wildrose MLA Shayne Saskiw says it's "a shame."



CALGARY -- The fact that police have to use a search warrant to get evidence from the Medical Examiner's office shows something is flawed in the system, claims the opposition justice critic.

"It's a shame that in the state of our justice system, search warrants are required for basic medical information that's needed, in essence, to find justice for innocent victims," Wildrose MLA Shayne Saskiw said.

"In the future, we would hope there are ways to ensure these aren't the type of roadblocks for our officers, so they can get the information they need."

In a QMI exclusive story Monday, it was revealed that police are taking the extraordinary step of serving a search warrant on the Calgary Medical Examiner's office, looking for microscope slides from the autopsy of six-year-old Meika Jordan, along with post-mortem X-rays and any photographs not held by police.

Spencer Lee Jordan and his girlfriend, Marie Magoon are charged with second-degree murder in Jordan’s death last Nov. 14.

Police say the little girl died of blunt-force trauma to the head and abdomen, and not from a tumble down stairs as had been claimed.

Police also say the girl suffered third-degree burns on the palm of a hand and fingers.

Jordan was injured in her home the evening before her death and taken to hospital. She died the following day with her biological mother, Kyla Woodhouse, at her side.

Police want the ME's evidence to give to Ontario pathologist Dr. Chris Milroy, who they feel can bolster their case by answering questions raised after an autopsy by a local medical examiner.

But Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General's office spokeswoman Michelle Davoi said the warrant is needed because police went outside well-established protocols.

"It's been the practice of the ME for the past at least 20 years to need a court order to release those things," she said.

"The reason they are after those items is for a peer review to be done, but there's a process ... to get peer reviews done."

Davoi said she is not aware of cases where police needed a search a warrant to get information in the past.

"It's a bit unusual," she said.

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