EDMONTON — Police say a mental-health crisis team visited a man now charged with second-degree murder hours before he allegedly killed a seven-year-old girl in her bed.
A spokeswoman says the Edmonton Police Service was "made aware" that 34-year-old David Michael Moss was having mental issues and a Police and Crisis Team (PACT) visited him at his home Monday.
Patrycja Mokrzan says two constables and a mental-health professional went to the man's house and he agreed to go to a doctor's appointment later in the day.
She says when the team left, a friend came to give Moss support.
Police have identified that friend as Melissa Desrosiers, whose daughter, Bella Rose Desrosiers, was stabbed to death in her bed Monday night.
Investigators say that after the assessment, Moss went to the woman's house, where he allegedly stabbed the girl in front of her mother.
"When it was learned that he did not attend the agreed upon appointment, PACT spoke with Moss on the phone. PACT was made aware of Mr. Moss's non-attendance through (Alberta Health Services)," Mokrzan says in an email.
"Melissa Desrosiers, who was a friend of Mr. Moss, went to his home to speak with him and provide support. He subsequently attended her residence with her where the tragic events later occurred."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 22, 2020
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