Kelowna man charged in death of Calgary toddler

Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm of the Calgary Police Service is pictured at a press conference, Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Chisholm says a 32-year-old Kelowna man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a two-year-old boy in Calgary ten years ago.
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KELOWNA – A Kelowna man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a Calgary toddler in 2005.

Police caught up with Ryan John Podhorodecki, 32, in Victoria where he was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 21, and transferred to Calgary to face the manslaughter charge. 

Calgary police Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm says on the afternoon of Dec. 5, 2005, Calgary police were called to a home on the 4500 block of 7 Ave. S.E. where Podhorodecki, who was looking after the child and was the mother's live-in boyfriend, said the boy had fallen down the stairs.

Blake Harvey, 2, died in hospital three days later.

Chisholm says injuries were inconsistent with that type of fall and an autopsy confirmed the death to be a homicide.

Podhorodecki remains in custody in Calgary awaiting trial.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infonews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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