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Calgary man guilty of second-degree murder in toddler's death

Last Updated Mar 19, 2021 at 4:14 pm MDT

Three-year-old Ivy Wick died in Sept. 2018 as a result of injuries from physical abuse. Justin Bennett was charged with second-degree murder in the death in Sept. 2018. (CREDIT: Calgary Police Service)
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CALGARY – A Calgary man who threw a three-year-old girl into a wall and tripped her when she interrupted his video game has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

In Sept. 2018, Justin Bennett was charged in the 2017 death of Ivy Wick in a northeast Calgary home.

Justice Blair Nixon said the Crown proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Bennett fatally injured Ivy at her home, and her blunt force trauma injuries were not caused by a simple trip and fall.

The defence claimed that the injuries were caused by Ivy’s mother, but Nixon said there was no reasonable explanation for this. Therefore, he says the only possibility is Bennett caused the death and is guilty of culpable homicide.

The girl was found injured in a home along Rundlehorn Drive N.E. and later died. Police said Ivy’s mother and her boyfriend were the only ones with direct access to the girl on the day she was taken to the hospital.

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In a tape, Bennett, who was 24 at the time of Ivy’s death, told an undercover officer about the day the toddler died, saying he made sure the girl’s mother was in the shower before he punched Ivy in the head, threw her against the wall, and tripped her as she made her way to her room, causing several blows to the head.

Bennett said when he checked on her later that day, she wasn’t breathing.

His lawyer argues that Bennett made up the confession to the officer in order to join what he believed to be a crime organization. He added Helen Woodsworth, Ivy’s mother, wasn’t in the shower and that she was the one who laid the deadly beating.

 

-with files from The Canadian Press