It’s possible Andrea Giesbrecht is the mother of all six infants whose remains she’s accused of hiding in a storage locker.
But that all hinges on whether DNA taken from a used sanitary napkin found in her bedroom belongs to her, or someone else.
Giesbrecht was arrested in 2014 after staff at U-Haul on McPhillips Street and police made the discovery in a locker she was renting but had fallen behind in paying for.
A DNA expert from Vancouver, Christine Crossman, testified today she compared DNA profiles taken from tissue, organ and bone samples that belong to the dead infants.
She compared them to a voluntary sample given by Jeremy Giesbrecht, Andrea’s husband, and the sample on the sanitary napkin.
There were matches in every case. Crossman said there was “very strong evidence of parentage” for five of the six babies and “moderately strong evidence” for the last one.
In all six cases, Giesbrecht was identified as the father.
The defence argues the sanitary napkin should be ruled inadmissible as evidence. Lawyer Greg Brodsky has aruged it was improperly seized by police from Giesbrecht’s home after her arrested.
He’s also suggesting there’s a chance the blood used to get the DNA off of it could be from someone else.
Crossman admitted in cross examination she was not provided with a definitive sample from Giesbrecht. It’s unclear why one was never taken.
Prosecutors have and will argue further the DNA on the sanitary napkin is from Giesbrecht. They don’t need to prove she is the mother to get a conviction, only that she concealed the remains for whatever reason.
Earlier in the day, Brodsky told court Giesbrecht had at least ten legal abortions between 1994 and 2011. He said she had two in one year, in 2009.
Court also heard her husband had a vasectomy in 2011. It’s unclear if he ever knew his wife was pregnant.
The pair do have two children together.
There’s no indication so far the six infants whose remains were found in the locker are tied to the 10 previous abortions. Crossman said she wasn’t able to tell how old the remains may have been.