Neighbours wonder if they could have helped Calgary mom, dead babies

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CALGARY - Neighbours of a woman whose body was found in a Calgary house with three dead newborns were left wondering Friday if they could have done anything to help.
Police revealed Thursday that the bodies were found over the weekend in the northeast home, but would not say how long each of the children had been dead.
The deaths of the babies are considered suspicious, while the death of 27-year-old Harsimrat Kahlon is not - a finding that does not preclude suicide.
Khalil Karbani, who heads the Taradale Community Association, said he had been hearing all day from people who wish they'd known something was wrong.
"I think one of the regrets we're going through is that had we known about this earlier, at least we could have got the right people to help out," he said. "This is really tragic."
Police remained tight-lipped about the tragedy Friday, saying tests are ongoing and new information is not likely to be released until next week.
They would neither confirm nor deny a report in the Calgary Sun that the babies were not triplets and had been born at separate times.
Sources told the newspaper that the woman's common-law husband found her body and called police. They said the bodies of three infants were later discovered hidden around the house, wrapped in plastic.
No one answered the door at the house where the bodies were found, but neighbours said the couple seemed quiet and nice. They said the woman, who lived with a man in a basement suit had appeared pregnant, but that she didn't say much more than an occasional hello.
Karbani said the community is close-knit and people were shocked that something so gruesome could happen. He had been speaking to neighbours all day, "desperately seeking" someone who knew Kahlon or the man well so that they could offer support.
Friends have said Kahlon worked as a receptionist at a Calgary law firm.
"I've spoken to so many people now, and I'm spoken to neighbours, and nobody seems to know her," Karbani said. "She was quite a recluse, I believe."
When tragedy hits, he said, neighbours will often bring over food or offer help with finances, and a small collection has already been started for the family.
"We're all very, very shocked," he said. "A thing like this is never heard of, it's an unheard scenario."
Police have said autopsies on the newborns didn't reveal a cause of death and that further testing could take weeks or months.
They would not release the gender of the newborns, their exact age, how long they had been in the home and how long each of the children had been dead. They would also not say whether Kahlon had given birth to the children.
They reassured people who may be nervous after hearing the story, saying they don't believe the public is at risk and that no suspects are currently being sought.



Organizations: Calgary house, Taradale Community Association

Geographic location: Calgary

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