Medical examiner describes deaths of mother, toddler at Calgary murder trial

The bodies of Calgarian Jasmine Lovett and her 22-month-old daughter Aliyah Sanderson were located in Kananaskis Country in May 2019. (supplied images)

A forensic pathologist has told a murder trial that a Calgary woman and her young daughter suffered blunt force trauma to their heads.

Jasmine Lovett and 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson were reported missing in April 2019.

The next month, their bodies were found buried in a day use area in Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary.

Robert Leeming has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Lovett but not guilty to second-degree murder in the child's death.

Deputy medical examiner Dr. Akmal Coetzee-Khan described his findings through a series of autopsy photos.

He says Lovett appeared to have been moved after her death, judging from pooling of blood in her body.

She also had a black eye and bruising on her face.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2021.

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