Service in White Rock to remember murdered girl, 8

SURREY — A shocked community is preparing to say goodbye to a beloved little girl found dead in the trunk of a car in South Surrey last week.

Charged with her second-degree murder is her mother, Lisa Batstone, 41, who appeared in Surrey provincial court last Thursday. Looking lost and crying as she made her first court appearance, Batsone didn’t speak as she briefly appeared before Judge Donald Gardner before being led back to cells by a sherrif.

Her lawyer, Craig Sicotte, has requested she undergo a psychiatric assessment. She is being detained until her next court appearance on Dec. 18.

She was arrested Wednesday after the body of eight-year-old Teagan Batstone was found inside a car that had rolled part way into a ditch in the 13900-block of 35A Avenue in South Surrey on Wednesday afternoon.

Police have yet to release a motive in the murder, nor have they confirmed the cause of death. An autopsy was conducted last week but police said they will not be releasing information about the results.

According to Batstone’s Facebook postings she was a single mother and Teagan was her only child. Police confirmed that information.

"The accused does not have any other children," said Sgt. Jennifer Pound, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

The father of the victim, Gabe Batstone, who lives in Ottawa and had just returned from visiting his daughter recently, took to the social media network Twitter to express his grief: "Thanks for the condolences. I am unable to talk without sobbing but tomorrow I hope to share great memories of my love Teagan Erin Batstone."

He also shared a video of photo stills of he and his daughter on the website fathers empowering daughters.

The Batstones were reportedly members of the White Rock Baptist Church for the past six years. The congregation is still reeling from the news. A memorial service for Teagan will be held at the church tomorrow, Dec. 17, starting at 7 p.m. The church is located at 1657 140th St., Surrey

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