Accused Vancouver baby killer visited hospital
The BC corner and police investigate after baby was found dead in between to homes on the 2500 block of Charles Sreet in Vancouver, April 2, 2009. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS FILE PHOTO) *Note: this photo has been altered to remove the house number.
Accused baby killer Sarah Leung arrived at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital’s emergency department the day after her first child’s body was found at her Vancouver home in 2009.
During testimony at the B.C. Supreme Court Monday, triage nurse Teresa Lee said the woman accused of killing her two infant children was reluctant to provide personal details or to volunteer information about her condition — even going so far as to wait outside in the parking lot while her boyfriend approached the hospital counter.
Hospital staff was unaware when first meeting Leung that there was a police investigation into her child’s death a day after his birth.
“She said she wants a body check,” Lee said, understanding that to mean a physical.
“She mentioned she was bleeding down below. I asked her how long has she been bleeding for. Her answer was two weeks.”
All the while, Leung never made eye contact with Lee and kept whispering in the ear of her boyfriend before answering questions.
Other hospital staff testified Leung answered using “yes” or “no.” When pressed for her personal information, Lee said, she initially only provided her name.
Leung also said she suffered abdominal pain. Lee asked if she was pregnant — her answer, according to her notes at the time, was “unsure.”
Just less than a year later, police alleged Leung killed her second child, whose body has never been found.
Another nurse, Darren Beliveau, testified he regularly checked on Leung while she was in hospital, and said she didn’t appear anxious or distressed.
“She just seemed fatigued, tired and slightly pale.”
By this time, the hospital confirmed through her urine test that she was recently pregnant, the court heard.
Nurse Amrik Mattu agreed in his testimony that he couldn’t see “any distress at all.”
“Her tone of voice was very flat, she didn’t say much. There was no energy in it.”
In cross-examination, all three nurses said they didn’t specifically ask Leung how she felt emotionally that day.