Calgary Sun

Monday, June 11, 2001

Babies' mother in court today


Young Japanese mom Rie Fujii is slated to appear in court today in connection with the death of her baby son, while police still look for the body of her baby daughter.

And the father of the babies, Peter Brown, has told his closest friends he intends today to give himself up to police officers who want him to better explain the background to the tragedy.

Since the deaths of the two babies -- Domenic, 15-months, and Gemini, three months -- unfolded last Tuesday, Brown has been in seclusion despite pleas from police for him to contact them.

The relationship between Fujii and Brown broke up several months ago, and police have stressed they wish to speak with Brown for background information only.

"He may give himself up to police," Jesse Risdon, one of his closest friends, said yesterday. "He wants to deal with it and he doesn't want to have problems with the law. We've been trying to persuade him to give himself up."

Police have said Brown has warrants out for his arrest.

Fujii, 23, faces a charge of failing to bury a human being after Domenic was found dead last Tuesday in apartment 203 at 126 14 Ave. S.E., which was deserted.

After interviewing Fujii, police began co-ordinating a search of the Bow River for Gemini's body.

Detectives said Gemini's body was clothed in a pink dress and wrapped in plastic bags.

Two days of intensive searching by firefighter divers and sweeps of the river by HAWC1, the police helicopter, failed to find the body.

It may be two weeks before the search can resume, after the present spring runoff has gone through and the river becomes less murky.

Fujii's mother Tomoko and father Hideto are expected to make their way from Japan in the next few days to support her -- despite knowing Rie had kept secret from them the fact she had any children.

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