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Child dead after Surrey house fire, mother stabbed in 'domestic incident'

Last Updated Jul 6, 2021 at 9:04 pm PDT

Summary

Mounties say a woman was stabbed at a home in Surrey Monday night; was able to get out and call for help

Suspect in stabbing reportedly set fire to home, where child was later found

Suspect is presumed dead

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A five-year-old child is dead and their mother was assaulted in what’s believed to be a case of domestic violence in Surrey Monday, including a stabbing and house fire.

Mounties say officers were called to a home in the area of 154 Street and 94 Avenue just after 9 p.m. for reports a woman had been stabbed. RCMP say the woman is the child’s mother and she was able to escape and get help.

“The initial indications is that this is related to a domestic incident. These individuals are known to one another. We are dealing with a family unit, people who dwelled within the same residence,” said Sgt. Elenore Sturko with Surrey RCMP.

Police say the suspect reportedly set the home on fire before leaving in a red Subaru.

“The woman in this situation was able to escape. Sadly, her child was left behind and later located deceased inside the residence,” Sturko said.

The five-year-old’s cause of death is currently under investigation.

About a half hour later, around 9:40 p.m., RCMP says Mounties in Coquitlam received a report a man was seen jumping from the Port Mann Bridge.

This man is presumed dead. He is believed to be the lone suspect in the stabbing and fire.

His vehicle was found on the bridge, but his body has not yet been located.

“This is a heart-breaking incident, and many people in the community, including first responders, will feel the impact of this tragedy,” Sturko said, urging anyone who needs support to reach out to their health care provider.

RCMP don’t believe this was a random act. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called in.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).