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POSTED AT 4:03 PM EDT Thursday, June 07, 2001

Calgary police search for body of second child

Canadian Press
The Globe and Mail

Calgary — Police divers were searching the Bow River looking for the body of a four-month-old baby girl Thursday, just hours after they charged the child's mother with failing to report the death of her toddler son.

Rei Fujii, 23, was charged with failing to properly dispose of the body of her 15-month-old son, Dominic Ryu Brown, whose decomposing body was found in a southeastern Calgary apartment Tuesday.

Ms. Fujii is to appear in provincial court Friday morning.

Police are searching the Bow River for Ms. Fujii's daughter, Gemini Brown.

Gemini was believed to be wearing a yellow terry sleeper and a pink dress and was wrapped in a sleeping blanket.

Investigators were trying to locate anyone who may have assisted Ms. Fujii in raising her children.

Ms. Fujii entered Canada on a student visa and is not a Canadian citizen. She has been in Calgary for approximately four years.

Earlier this week, police were called to an apartment block after the landlord, who was looking for a rent payment, detected a foul odour. Homicide detectives were notified after the child's body was found.

Police said the baby, whose screams had gone unheeded, had been dead for days before his body was discovered in the apartment near the city's Stampede Grounds.

A woman who lives in the apartment beneath where the child's body was found said she heard screaming for days followed by silence.

Results of an autopsy conducted on the little boy's body Wednesday were not released. Investigators have not said if anyone else lived in the apartment with the mother and baby.

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