We've reported on killer dad ALLAN SCHOENBORN before. As far as I'm concerned, the major question should be this: Why was a "depressed" and "nuts" dad with a history of domestic violence allowed access to these kids after separating from their mother? This is not rocket science, people. This is exactly the type who is most likely to murder the kids in order to get "revenge." What's so hard to figure out here?
B.C. children's rep releasing report into triple murder
The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — A report on the short lives and tragic deaths of three British Columbia children will be released today by the provincial representative for children and youth.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond investigated to see whether any policies, practices or actions by a public body may have contributed to the deaths of 10-year-old Kaitlynne Schoenborn and her brothers, eight-year-old Max and five-year-old Cordon.
Their father, Allan Schoenborn, murdered the children in their trailer home in Merritt, B.C., in April, 2008, then left the bodies for their mother to find the next day.
Schoenborn's murder trial -- after which he was found not criminally responsible -- heard that either he or his family members had several encounters with Ministry of Children staff, police or the courts in the months and days before the murders.
Turpel-Lafond's report will determine if something more could have been done by those in authority who came in contact with the family. While she doesn't have authority over police and the courts, Turpel-Lafond can make recommendations for any public body.
Officials with the province's Ministry of Children and Families became involved with the family a year before the children were killed, when Schoenborn was accused of assaulting his wife, Darcie Clarke, who participated in Turpel-Lafond's investigation.
At Schoenborn's trial, Clarke said she believed it was possible he might harm her, but she didn't believe he would ever harm the children.
The trial heard Schoenborn's mental condition was quickly deteriorating.
Several witnesses said he acted like he was "losing it" or described him as "nuts" in the days before the murders.
He became convinced his children were being molested and told his trial he had no choice but to kill them, because no one -- including his wife -- would be able to help.
Days before the murder, police were called to the children's school, where Schoenborn was accused of threatening a child he thought was bullying his daughter.
School staff and a police dispatcher thought Schoenborn was falling apart, yet police officers and a bail supervisor who dealt with him later described him as quite and co-operative
Schoenborn was separated from his wife and Clarke testified she stayed at her mother's while Schoenborn stayed in her trailer home when he visited the children.
When she left the day before the murders, she said Schoenborn "appeared depressed."
Since being found not criminally responsible for killing his children, Schoenborn has been held at the B.C. Forensic Psychiatric Institute near Vancouver.