March 11, 2019 6:56 pm

Newfoundland murder trial considers letter by man charged in daughter’s death

The charred remains of the home where five-year-old Quinn Butt died on April 24, 2016, is seen in this December 9, 2016, handout photo.


In a handwritten letter found by police, a 40-year-old Newfoundland man blames killing his daughter on his ex-wife.

The letter was entered as evidence Monday at the first-degree murder trial of Trent Butt, who has pleaded not guilty to killing killing his five-year-old daughter Quinn in April 2016.

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Butt wrote that after everything he had to put up with at the hands of his wife, Andrea Gosse, “I have taken my daughters and my own life.”

In the letter, Butt says that he didn’t know how he did it- killing his daughter – but he says he had thought about it for a while.

In earlier testimony Dr. Simon Avis, who was the province’s chief medical examiner at the time, says he concluded Quinn Butt died of undetermined injuries.

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The girl’s body was found in the master bedroom along with her father when emergency crews responded to a fire at his home in Carbonear.


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