12/07/2018 12:31 EST | Updated 12/10/2018 19:56 EST

Edmonton Man Charged With Killing 2 Kids, Assaulting Their Mom

Police were first called about a woman being chased outside.

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The children's bodies were found in an apartment in the Allen Manor building in Edmonton.

UPDATE - Dec. 10, 2018: The Edmonton medical examiner confirmed that the children were six months and three years old. They were both girls. An autopsy also concluded that the victims were stabbed to death.

EDMONTON — A man charged in the deaths of two young children in Edmonton was ordered by the courts earlier this fall not to have contact with their mother.

Ashton Brian Lafleche, 29, appeared briefly by closed-circuit television in provincial court Friday morning.

Court documents show he faces two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Mackenzie Petawaysin and Mary Lafleche Petawaysin.

He's also charged with assault causing bodily harm to the children's mother, Tamara Petawaysin, and breach of probation for failing to comply with an order on Oct. 31 not to have any contact with her.

Lafleche's defence lawyer, Gary Smith, set the matter over to Dec. 21 and declined to comment outside court.

Edmonton police acting Staff Sgt. Terrie Affolder said officers got a call around 5:35 p.m. Wednesday about a woman who had been obviously assaulted and who was being chased by a man outside.

She was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries and, a few hours later, a naked man acting erratically was arrested at a garage.

Officers did not find the children in an initial search of the rental suite, but after speaking to the suspect they returned and found the youngsters in one of the rooms, said Affolder.

"Their bodies were found concealed underneath piles of various household items,'' she said.

Victims were very young

Affolder did not give the ages of the children other than to say they were very young. Autopsies were scheduled for Friday.

She said the man was the biological father of one of the children, but was not living in the apartment with the woman.

"They had a relationship at some point because they had a biological child together, and I believe they were still having a relationship of some sort at this time.''

Police said the accused was known to them.

In addition to the no-contact order, court records show Lafleche is due in Morinville court on Dec. 18 for a preliminary hearing on a robbery charge and two counts of breaching probation.

His record contains convictions on other charges, including assault and uttering threats.