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Murder charge laid in 2018 death of Alberta mother of 5

Delaina Lace Cutarm, a mother of five children, was found dead on Friday, July 6, 2018. Wombold Family Funeral Homes

A 27-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder after a year-long investigation into the death of a 29-year-old woman south of Edmonton.

On July 6, 2018, Delaina Lace Cutarm was found dead outside in Ermineskin, a Cree Nation located about an hour south of Edmonton. Maskwacis RCMP determined Cutarm was struck by a vehicle on Schoolhouse Road shortly before 1:30 a.m.

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Her death was later ruled a homicide. The Edmonton RCMP Major Crimes Unit became involved and worked in conjunction with Maskwacis RCMP on the investigation.

Cutarm was a mother of five young children and a member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Shortly after her death, her sister Leah Cutarm said Delaina was loving, caring and always made people laugh.

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“There’s no words to describe how she was – beautiful, kind,” Leah Cutarm told Global News in July 2018.

Watch below: Leah Cutarm spoke to Global Edmonton’s Julia Wong in July 2018, shortly after her sister’s death.

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Alberta mother of 5 struck by vehicle, but body found at separate scene

On Monday afternoon, RCMP said Kyle Littlechild, of Maskwacis, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree murder.

Littlechild remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Wetaskiwin on Tuesday.

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