Fetus found after Canadian soldier killed pregnant wife matches victim’s DNA: police
TORONTO — Police say DNA testing has revealed a human fetus found at a midtown apartment after a Canadian soldier allegedly stabbed his pregnant wife and threw her off a balcony last month is a match to the victim.
Precious Charbonneau, 33, and Robert Giblin, 43, both of Toronto, were recently married and living in the apartment together when police said they fell from the 21st floor balcony at 111 Raglan Ave., near Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue, just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 20.
Their bodies were discovered with “obvious signs of trauma” and police said Charbonneau was the victim of a homicide. It is believed that Charbonneau was pregnant.
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An autopsy was conducted Dec. 21 and police said the cause of death was “multiple impact injuries” consistent with a fall.
On Dec. 23, just after 9 a.m., police responded to the discovery of a human fetus in the same location and a separate investigation was started.
Investigators had initially said the fetus was not connected to the alleged murder-suicide, but confirmed through DNA testing that the remains were connected.
Police received the results of the DNA test on Monday, which revealed that the fetus was a match to Charbonneau.
The investigation is ongoing and police said the family has requested privacy at this time.
The Canadian Department of National Defence confirmed Giblin was a sergeant from the Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) based out of the Denison Armoury in Toronto. An obituary for Giblin said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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