Review extended for Crowsnest Pass double-homicide

More time needed to complete mental health assessment for Alberta man accused of killing a two-year-old girl and her father.

  • Oct. 29, 2015 5:00 p.m.
Terry Blanchette and Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

Terry Blanchette and Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

Canadian Press

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A man accused of killing a two-year-old Alberta girl and her father requires further psychiatric assessment before it is determined if he is fit to stand trial.

Derek Saretzky, who is 22, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and Terry Blanchette.

He appeared via closed-circuit television in a Lethbridge, Alta., courtroom this morning.

Court was told the 30-day mental review he has been undergoing is not sufficient and another month is needed.

Saretzky was charged in the two deaths in the Crowsnest Pass area of southwestern Alberta last month after Blanchette’s body was found in his Blairmore home.

Hailey was discovered a day later in a rural area after an Amber Alert that stretched across Western Canada and into the United States.

Saretzky faces a separate charge of committing an indignity to the little girl’s body.

He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 26.