Foster mother charged in child's death

A second-degree murder charge has been laid against a foster mother in the death of a Morinville, Alta., child who was in her care.

A foster mother has been charged in the death of a Morinville, Alta., child who was in her care.

Christine Ann Laverdiere, 34, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 21-month-old girl.

The child died two days after she had been taken to an Edmonton hospital on March 1.

Yvonne Fritz, Alberta's minister of children and youth services, welcomed the news that a charge had been laid.

"The passing of this child has been a very serious tragedy and I'm pleased police have laid charges," Fritz said.

RCMP made an arrest Friday in connection with the death. CBC News has learned the child had only been living with Laverdiere for a matter of weeks and then was put into temporary respite care for an unknown reason.

Days later, paramedics rushed the little girl to hospital after they were called to the second home and rushed the little girl to hospital.

Ministry spokesman Trevor Coloumbe would not say how long the child had been in Laverdiere's custody or how long she had been a foster parent. But CBC News has learned she had been a foster parent for less than two years.

The child cannot be named under Alberta's Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act in order to protect the identify of a child in care.

Laverdiere appeared briefly in Edmonton provincial court Monday morning. She remains in custody and will make her next court appearance on June 24 in Morinville.