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Deaths of Merritt children in focus

The horrible murders of three children by their deranged father has prompted the British Columbia government to introduced a domestic violence action plan.

Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux says the government's plan includes training 20,000 people in recognizing and responding to domestic violence.

She says the government's action plan is a result of last March's investigation by BC's independent children's representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond into the April 2008 murders of the three Schoenborn children in Merritt, BC by their mentally ill father, Allan.

Turpel-Lafond's report found the three vulnerable children, Kaitlynne, 10; Max, 8; and Cordon, 5, could have been saved if British Columbia's social safety net was working properly.

Premier Christy Clark stood in the legislature last March and formally apologized to the children's devastated mother, Darcie Clarke, saying the province can and must do better.

Schoenborn, the subject of an intense Canadawide search after the gruesome discovery of his children's bodies, was found not criminally responsible for murdering them due to mental illness.

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The Canadian Press


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