According to reports, officers and paramedics were called to the family's home at Erin Ridge Road S.E. Calgary around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2014 to respond to a report of a girl in cardiac arrest.
When they arrived, the girl, identified as Olive Rebekah Oluwafemi, was in cardiac arrest and not breathing. She was taken to a hospital but died a short time later.
Police said the parents were not cooperative during investigations and initially said the girl had fallen down the stairs. But in January, investigators determined that Olive’s death was a homicide and not the result of play, an accident nor “medical intervention consistent with CPR.
On Wednesday, Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm with the homicide unit said Olive died as a result of blunt force injuries. “We believe there were injuries indicative of upwards of a week’s prior to the incident,” Chisholm said.
Calgary police arrested Olive’s father, in Ontario on Tuesday and flew him back to Calgary. The family had left Calgary within weeks of Olive’s death. Oluwafemi was charged Wednesday morning with second-degree murder and will appear in court Thursday.
No other charges are being considered, Chisholm said. “We were looking at all possibilities but Mr. Oluwafemi was definitely our suspect from the beginning,” he said.
Neighbours said the family was relatively new to the neighbourhood, moving in at the beginning of 2014, and kept to themselves. Olive was an only child.