The father of two young Canadian sisters who were found dead inside his apartment on Christmas Day is the sole suspect in what investigators are calling a holiday homicide.
The bodies of Aubrey Berry, 4, and Chloe Berry, 6, were discovered after police were called to Andrew Berry’s Oak Bay, British Columbia apartment around 5pm.
A related source told investigators the power had been out for some time in the 43-year-old father’s apartment when he failed to pay his electricity bills after suffering financial setbacks from his alleged gambling addiction.
He was found at the apartment Monday with self-inflicted wounds and transported to the hospital. Another male was found at the home, while police have not released his identity.
It seems the children’s mother, Sarah Cotton, ended their marriage in 2013 after three years together, and complained he was an unfit father amid their ongoing custody battle.
Online court records show government agency Ministry of Children and Family Development began investigating the suspicious dad in 2015, after Aubrey told her mother that he touched her ‘inappropriately’.
Berry claimed in court he had tickled Aubrey, but not in the said sexual manner.
During an examination in 2016, the agency discovered a ‘soft spot’ on Aubrey’s head after a visit with Berry, according to the Vancouver Sun.
The father’s visits were briefly supervised, but earlier this spring, Supreme Court Justice Judge Victoria Gray granted him holiday and overnight visitation rights.
While Berry ‘has displayed poor judgment in dealing with the children’ he is ‘a loving father who has much to offer his daughters,’ Gray wrote, according to court documents.
‘It is in the best interest of the girls to have significant parenting time with the father.’
Furthermore, Cotton previously filed a restraining order after their split in 2013, when she also accused him of becoming physically violent with her.