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Anthony Joseph Raine is shown in a photo from the Facebook tribute page 'R.I.P. Anthony Joseph Raine.'

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The Crown is appealing a judge’s verdict that convicted a woman of manslaughter in the death of a toddler found outside an Edmonton church, but acquitted her of the more serious charge of second-degree murder.

Tasha-Lee Doreen Mack and the child’s father, Joey Crier, were each charged with second-degree murder in the death of 19-month-old Anthony Joseph Raine.

The boy’s lifeless body was found outside the Good Shepherd Anglican Church in April 2017.

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In documents filed with the Court of Appeal of Alberta on Friday, the Crown argues the trial judge erred by refusing to allow Mack’s statement to police as evidence due to a breach of her charter rights.

The Crown wants the acquittal set aside and a new trial ordered.

Crier, whose trial has concluded, has pleaded not guilty and a judge has reserved his decision until Jan. 10.

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