Father and daughter, four, are found dead at the foot of the cliff after a walk in Canada: Girl’s stepfather claims that it was suicide after bitter custody
- Keira Kagan and her father Robin Brown were found Sunday in a park in Ontario
- Police said the injuries of father and daughter were consistent with a fall
- But stepfather claims it was a murder-suicide in a long-term detention
- Philip Viater said: “We have been traumatized by this man for three years”
A four-year-old girl and her father were found dead at the bottom of a cliff after a “walking fall” in Canada, amid a bitter custody with the child’s mother.
Keira Kagan and Robin Brown were found Sunday around 11 p.m. in the snow-filled Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area in Milton, Ontario.
Halton regional police said they didn’t consider homicide killing “at this point,” but the investigation is still ongoing.
Philip Viater, the girl’s stepfather, says he and his wife Jennifer Kagan believe that Brown has jumped off the cliff into a suicide.
Keira Kagan, four, with her mother Jennifer Kagan and stepfather Philip Viater. Viater has said they believe Robin Brown, the girl’s father, killed her in a suicide. He added, “We have been traumatized by this man for three years.”
Keira was in the middle of a custody battle, court records date from 2016 show, with a new hearing scheduled for February 20.
Robin Brown was found Sunday at 11 p.m. at the bottom of the slope in the snow-filled Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area in Milton, Ontario
“We’re not doing well,” Viater said CTV news. “We go through a cycle of phases between sadness, confusion, anger, helplessness.”
The husband added, “We have been traumatized by this man for three years.”
The disappearance of Brown and Keira had triggered a massive search on Sunday and they are believed to have entered the snowy park eight hours before they were found.
Halton police said the injuries were consistent with a fall.
Viater said the walking story didn’t seem plausible. “Keira never walked to the best of her knowledge in her life.” He told CTV. ‘If you take Keira for Halloween, she will travel 20 times in the street. She always asks us to wear her. “
Kagan had filed a motion by the end of last month calling for an urgent suspension of Brown’s access to the child, only to allow him access under supervision.
The father had custody of Keira on alternating weekends, including the fatal outing of Sunday.
Halton Police trucks on site on Sunday evening. Officers said the injuries were consistent with a fall and said there were no indications of murder, although the investigation continued
Kagan, a doctor, and Brown, an engineer, were married in 2013 before they separated three years later.
Kagan then remarried Viater and the couple has a son, Keira’s younger half-brother, Joseph.
Keira’s grieving mother described her as “an absolute angel” who regarded her little brother as “the most tender and dear big sister.”