Gabe Batstone might have been trick or treating tonight with his eight year old daughter, Teagan.
But instead, he is grieving her loss, and thinking about what might have saved her life.
Teagan’s body was discovered in the trunk of a car in Surrey last December.
Her mom, Lisa Batstone, has been charged with second degree murder.
“The primary focus has been mourning and healing, which are realities you have to do as a family, Teagan had two young brothers, and obviously this has been very tragic and hard on them.”
Batstone says while the past year has been a painful one, he’s sharing his story in an attempt to create change.
Batstone and his wife have since started a not-for-profit organization called “Teagan’s Voice” advocating for better child protections.
He specifically wants to see Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau follow through on a campaign promise to appoint a federal advocate for children.
“There is a practical reality that a lot of this comes down to law, and significant portions in that law are federal, and not provincial. So although you have children and social services which are provincial, the divorce act, which often plays a role in these types of cases, is federal.”
In August, Liberal Marc Garneau said in a news release it is high time the country had a commissioner for children who would ensure the federal government takes into account the rights and interests of young people when crafting legislation.
Earlier this year, Lisa Batstone was found fit to stand trial.
The 41 year old was emotional as a prosecutor told the judge doctors have determined she is fit to stand trial, following a psychiatric evaluation.
She blew kisses to her family in the gallery as she was led away by sheriffs.
Her lawyer , Craig Sicotte, said at the time his client is battling severe depression, and has been certified under the mental health act, so she will remain in a psychiatric hospital .
Her next court date is November 19th.