Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Fujii, babysitter in court in kids' deaths

Two high-profile cases involving the untimely death of young children entered court this week.

Rie Fujii, the mother of a toddler found dead in a downtown Calgary apartment and of an infant whose body has never been found, has been under psychiatric care since her arrest in late summer.

She returns to court Wednesday for a ruling on whether she will be tried for second-degree murder in the deaths of Domenic, 18 months, and three-month-old Gemini.

The girl's body has never been found, but police believe her body may have been thrown into the Bow River.

No plea in babysitter assault case:

A 37-year-old babysitter charged in the death of a three-year-old girl had her case adjourned until early next year.

Thirty-seven-year-old Thatcher Chui Kuen Cheung has not yet entered a plea on a charge of aggravated assault.

Nancy Liang, the toddler she was hired to care for, died in Alberta Children's Hospital on November 16.

Nancy was taken to the hospital by her father Alen Liang, who was concerned when he saw blood coming out of his daughter's mouth after she was returned home by Cheung.

Cheung was released from custody on a $10,000 bond last month after agreeing to surrender her passport.

As well she is not allowed contact with children under 12, including her own two children, unless supervised by another adult.

She is scheduled to return to court January 11.

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