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Edmonton police charge man, 29, with murder of friend's six-month-old son

A 29-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the 2016 death of a six-month-old boy.

Phoenix Jones-Pidgeon died in July 2016, two days after being taken to hospital

Phoenix Jones-Pidgeon died at age six months in July 2016. (Brittany Rose Pidgeon/YouTube)

A 29-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the 2016 death of a six-month-old boy.

The victim is identified in court documents as Phoenix Jones-Pidgeon.

After a lengthy investigation, Edmonton homicide detectives issued a Canada-wide warrant for Darren James Gagnon on Feb. 15, police said in a news release Wednesday.

Gagnon turned himself in six days later at the RCMP detachment in Grand Forks, B.C. He was returned to Edmonton on Tuesday.

It was reported to Edmonton police that Gagnon had been asked on July 5, 2016, to babysit a six-month-old boy while the child's mother was at work. Gagnon was "a friend of the family," police said.

When Brittany Rose Pidgeon returned home, she noticed her baby appeared to be in medical distress.

Paramedics were called and the infant was treated and taken to hospital. He died two days later from injuries consistent with head trauma, police said.

In a text message exchange with CBC News, Pidgeon wrote, "It's been a long three years. I'm numb."

On a Go Fund Me page Pidgeon set up last week she said, "Due to medical reason[s] for me I am taking some time off work as I am emotionally destroyed.

"My baby boy and family deserves justice."

Gagnon appeared in court Wednesday. His next appearance has been set for March 20.