5 murder charges filed

The Canadian Press – | History: 471974

RCMP in Manitoba say a 29-year-old man has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, three young children and a 17-year-old relative.

Insp. Tim Arseneault states that the dead are the suspect's 30-year-old wife, the couple's six-year-old daughter, their four-year-old son and their two-month-old daughter, as well as the wife's 17-year-old niece.

The five died Sunday at multiple crime scenes in and around the town of Carman, 85 kilometers southwest of Winnipeg.

That morning, police responded to a hit-and-run and found the woman dead in a ditch.

More than two hours later and 70 kilometers north, officers were called to reports of a vehicle on fire and found the children outside the car.

The children were pronounced dead at the scene and police took Ryan Howard Manoakeesick of Carman into custody, while the teen's body was later found in a Carman home.