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Airdrie man charged in mother's death

A 20-year-old man from Airdrie, Alta., has been charged in the death a 48-year-old woman, and CBC News has learned the accused is the woman's son.

Alexander James Thorpe, 20, charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of Melanie Lowen, 48

Melanie Lowen is pictured with her son, Alexander James Thorpe, in this photo from social media. Thorpe is now facing second-degree murder charges after Lowen was found deceased on Thursday. (Melanie Lowen/Facebook)

A 20-year-old man from Airdrie, Alta., has been charged in the death a 48-year-old woman, and CBC News has learned the accused is the woman's son.

Alexander James Thorpe has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Melanie Lowen, police said in a release Monday.

Early last Thursday, RCMP and EMS responded to a call of a man in medical distress at a business in northeast Airdrie, a city just north of Calgary.

The man was taken to hospital due to mental health concerns, police said Friday.

A preliminary investigation led police to a residence in the community, where they found a woman who had died under suspicious circumstances, police said.

After an autopsy Friday, police said the death was considered a homicide.

Thorpe was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing, and was scheduled to appear in a Calgary court later Monday.

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