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Man guilty of killing son makes charter challenge, cites assaults in jail


EDMONTON — A man found responsible in his son's death says he's been assaulted in jail and spends much of his time segregated in protective custody, so he wants his sentence reduced. 

Joey Crier was convicted of manslaughter last month in the death of 19-month old Anthony Joseph Raine, whose lifeless body was found outside an Edmonton church in 2017.

A judge is hearing a joint submission by defence lawyers and Crown prosecutors related to Crier's charter challenge.

Crier says he was assaulted three times when he was at the Edmonton Remand Centre, which he argues violated his charter rights related to due process and unusual punishment.

Crier's former girlfriend, Tasha-Lee Doreen Mack, has also been convicted of manslaughter in the child's death.

Neither Crier nor Mack have been sentenced.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2020

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