12/09/2013 10:53 EST | Updated 02/08/2014 05:59 EST

Sexsmith Alberta Woman Murdered In Front Of Her Children, Father Arrested, Say RCMP

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SEXSMITH, Alta. - RCMP have arrested a man following the suspicious death of a woman in northern Alberta.

Officers say the pair were in a relationship and their children may have witnessed the killing.

Police were called last week to a report of an injured woman in a home in Sexsmith, just north of Grand Prairie.

They found the 35-year-old woman dead inside and took the man into custody.

The 33-year-old faces charges of second-degree murder and possession of a prohibited firearm.

He is to appear in court on Wednesday.

RCMP say they are not releasing the names of the couple in order to protect their children.

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