The 43-year-old woman was arrested at the daycare where she worked
Insp. Dave Dubnyk oversees the internet child exploitation unit with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams. (CBC)
Update - Male suspect arrested in Idaho
A male suspect has also been arrested in the case. Idaho police announced on May 19 they had arrested Peter Allen Cash, 39, after conducting a search of his home and seizing evidence from his computer.
Peter Allen Cash, 40, was arrested in mid-May by Idaho police and information from U.S. authorities later led to the arrest of a 43-year-old woman in Red Deer. (Canyon County Jail)
The resident of Nampa intended to leave the United States that week and move to Canada, according to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, prompting police to hasten their investigation and arrest Cash.
He faces nine counts of sexual exploitation of a child in Idaho and has pending charges for possession of child pornography in Missouri, according to U.S. authorities.
He was 39 at the time of his arrest but turned 40 while in custody.
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Authorities in Red Deer, Alberta., have taken a four-year-old boy from his mother, accusing her of sexually abusing the boy and producing child pornography that involved him.
The 43-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday at a licensed daycare in the central Alberta city where she worked, but police said there is no indication any children from the daycare were abused.
"This is a heinous crime that was committed on a young child by the one person they should be able to trust the most," said Insp. Dave Dubnyk, who oversees the internet child exploitation unit of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams.
Dubnyk said the investigation began when the Idaho internet crimes against children unit identified a child who was being sexually abused after photos of the abuse were sent using email.
U.S. police determined the child lived in the Red Deer area and were able to identify his mother as the suspect.
To protect the identity of the boy, police are not naming her.
Child in care of family members
Dubnyk said the child has been transferred to the care of other family members in Red Deer and his mother has been released from custody under "strict conditions to ensure she has no contact with her child."
"Our concern of course is for the health and well-being of this young child," Dubynk said, adding that the child is receiving "all necessary support."
Parents with children at the daycare have been notified. Dubynk stressed there is no evidence any other children were abused, other than the woman's son.
The woman had no previous criminal record and was not previously known to police.
She has been charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, making child pornography, distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography and accessing child pornography.
Her next court date is set for July 16 in Red Deer.
The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams are made up of members of Alberta Sheriffs, the Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service and the RCMP.
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