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Friday, July 02, 1999

Police baffled over deaths of children

Jeff Adams, Juliet Williams and Daryl Slade
Calgary Herald

CALGARY - A day after charging a Calgary woman with murdering her two children, police say they are baffled about the crime.

Diana Mitsuko Yano, who is accused of drowning her two children while vacationing at the family's time-share condo in Fairmont, B.C., is undergoing a 30-day psychiatric assessment following her court arraignment on Wednesday.

Corporal Steve Robertson of the RCMP said Mrs. Yano's husband, Craig Yano, came back from golfing with his friend to discover his two children - 5-year-old Brittany and 3-year-old Joshua - dead in the condo. About 15 minutes after police arrived at the crime scene, the mother was arrested.

Toxicology exams are being conducted by the RCMP's forensic crime lab in Vancouver to determine whether the children were drugged before they were drowned. But based on preliminary evidence, that doesn't appear to be the case, Cpl. Robertson added.

Police still have no motive, though Cpl. Robertson said they have a few theories.

"Second-degree murder means police have reasonably probable grounds to believe that Mrs. Yano intended to end her children's lives," he said.

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