Edmonton man charged in 2017 death of his six-month-old baby boy

After a two-year investigation, a 25-year-old Edmonton man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of his six-month-old boy.

On the morning of May 28, 2017, EMS asked police officers to come to a home near 142 Avenue and 77 Street, where they found Jarock Humeniuk dead.

The medical examiner determined the cause of the baby’s death was blunt force trauma and ruled it was a homicide.

The baby’s great aunt, Brandee Humeniuk, said Jarock was in his father’s care at the time of his death, though he normally lived with his young mother and grandmother.

“He was the light of their life,” Brandee told Global News shortly after the child’s death in 2017. “He brought them, I believe, more joy than they thought he would.”

Baby Jarock Humeniuk, seen here in a photo posted to the family’s gofundme page in May 2017.

Jarock’s mother was 17 years old at the time of his death.

On Wednesday, Edmonton police said Christopher Lamarche, 25, had been charged with second-degree murder in the suspicious death of Jarock.

He was arrested in Vancouver on July 5, police said. He’s expected to make his first court appearance “later this week” after he is brought back to Edmonton.

Brandee Humeniuk confirmed to Global News on Wednesday that Lamarche is Jarock’s father.

“On behalf of Jarock’s mother, Christie Humeniuk, and Jarock’s grandparents, Carol Humeniuk and Lorenzo Pizarro, we would like to thank the Edmonton police department and homicide unit for investigating the death of six-month-old baby Jarock and ultimately bringing second-degree murder charges against Christopher Lamarch, Jarock’s biological father.

“We are extremely pleased that Christopher is off the streets and facing the charges against him. This certainly doesn’t make the tragedy any easier but it is a start to holding Chris accountable.

“Nothing will ever bring Jarock back but at least we may be able to see some justice for Jarock. Jarock did not need to suffer the horrible fate that he met while he was in his father’s care.”

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