the Region of Durham, Ontario, Canada, four women and three
children have died re either domestic violence circumstances
or, in the case of two of the children, 'at the
hand/supervision of their father', in the past two years. The
latest victim, two year old Alexis Currie, whose body was
discovered Thursday afternoon, March 14, 2002 in a wooded area
after an intense three-day search that began in Toronto,
disappeared after her father failed to return her home to her
mother. Alexis was last seen on Friday March 8 with her four
year old sister, Robyn, when their father picked them up in
Scarborough for a custodial visit. Robyn was returned
home; Alexis was murdered. The little girl died from a
"sharp force injury to the neck."
Harmon (42) and her six year old daughter Danielle were killed
by their husband and father, Montgomery Harmon, in March of
Sibthorpe died after being attacked by a Rottweiler in January
2002, while under her father's supervision. She was four. Her
father was nowhere to be found after the attack; he just
June 2001 the body of Andrea Schneider (38) was found stuffed
in the trunk of a car; her husband James Steward Poland, has
been charged with murder.
Mother's Day 2000, Hermoutie Raghunauth (28) was found dead in
her Pickering home. Toxicology tests showed she had been
poisoned. Her husband Ganeshram Raghunauth has been charged
Hadley was murdered in June 2000 by her estranged husband
Ralph who was, at the time of the murder, under a restraint to
stay away from the couple's home and not to contact Gillian.
excerpt from the sign a neighbour placed at the home of
long, how hard, and in how many ways does a woman have to
fight for her life?"
Durham Region Police Detective Constable Cheryl Carter calls spousal abuse "an issue of control, dominance and manipulation of your partner." Det. Const. Carter is working with the Ajax-Pickering Women's Shelter to set up a facility for abused women and children in west Durham.
Oshawa has Denise House, named for murder victim Denise Penny. She died at the hands of her husband, after he literally tracked her down when she travelled west to flee him.
ALEXIS WAS MURDERED BY HER FATHER PETER
CURRIE. HE SLIT HER THROAT THEN
LEFT HER TO BLEED TO DEATH IN A REMOTE AREA.