Murder charge laid one year after Maskwacis mother run down on road
Delaina Lace Cutarm, mother of five children, was killed July 6, 2018
After a year-long investigation, RCMP have laid a murder charge in the death of a Maskwacis mother who was run down on a central Alberta road.
Kyle Littlechild of Maskwacis was arrested July 4 and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Delaina Lace Cutarm, RCMP said Monday in a news release.
Cutarm and Littlechild were in a domestic relationship at the time of her death, RCMP told CBC on Monday.
Less than a month before she was killed, Cutarm, 29, posted a message on Facebook wishing Littlechild a happy Father's Day.
"He's one of a kind," she wrote. "I love him so much. He's always going to be here, I know that for a fact."
The mother of five children was run down at about 1:30 a.m. on July 6, 2018. She was hit by a vehicle on Schoolhouse Road about two kilometres north of Highway 611 on the Ermineskin Cree Nation reserve.
An autopsy confirmed Cutarm died from injuries consistent with "having been struck by a vehicle," police said at the time.
In the days afterward, Maskwacis RCMP determined her death was a homicide. Local RCMP and the Edmonton major crimes unit conducted a "comprehensive investigation" over the following 12 months, the police news release said.
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Less than two weeks before she died, Cutarm shared pictures online of her newborn son.
She had five children — four daughters and one son, all younger than 13.
Littlechild has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear Tuesday in provincial court in Wetaskiwin.