Global News has learned the identity of the young boy whose body was found in northwest Edmonton Friday afternoon.
Family has identified the toddler as one-year-old Anthony Joseph Raine.
The boy’s aunt, Brandi Raine, posted photos of the toddler on a memorial page on social media.
“He played a big role in all of our lives,” she said. “He was always happy, he always smiled, he always made everyone else smile.”
The toddler’s body was discovered next to Good Shepherd Anglican Church Friday afternoon.
Investigators believe the boy was left in the area of 155 Avenue and Castledowns Road on Tuesday between 10:51 and 11:51 a.m.
Police arrested two people in relation to the toddler’s death on Saturday. A 26-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, who family told Global News is not the boy’s mother, have been taken into custody and police say charges are pending against both individuals as they work to determine the exact relationship between the pair and the young boy.
Church officials said a vigil for the toddler is being planned for later this week. Details are expected on Monday.
An autopsy has also been scheduled for Monday morning.
The boy’s family has created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of a funeral for Anthony.
With files from Shallima Maharaj and Jennifer Ivanov