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Father of baby killed in house fire appears in court on stolen property charge

By Jonny Wakefield

Cordell Brown looks at what is left of his home at 1040 Armitage Cres. SW in Edmonton, Friday Aug. 25, 2017. Brown’s five-month-old son died in hospital after fire crews pulled the baby and his mom, Angie Tang, from the second floor of the burning home around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Photo by David Bloom

Cordell Brown looks at what is left of his home at 1040 Armitage Cres. SW in Edmonton, Friday Aug. 25, 2017. Brown’s five-month-old son died in hospital after fire crews pulled the baby and his mom, Angie Tang, from the second floor of the burning home around 4 a.m. Tuesday. Photo by David Bloom

The father of a five-month-old child killed in a house fire last week will go to trial on a stolen property charge this fall.  

Cordell Brown was in provincial court in Edmonton Tuesday to set a trial date for a possession of stolen property under $5,000 charge.

Brown pleaded not guilty. He is set to appear in court Oct. 11.

Brown is accused of unlawfully possessing fire extinguishers belonging to Mactaggart Ridge Gate, a southwest Edmonton condominium complex. The alleged offence occurred on April 27.  

Brown's home at 1040 Armitage Crescent was destroyed in a fire Aug. 22 that police believe was deliberately set. The fire killed Brown's baby son Hunter, while his wife Angie Tang remains in hospital in critical condition.

Two of Brown's former tenants have been charged with arson, mischief and disregard for human life. One, 19-year-old Bronson Woycenko is also charged with second-degree murder.  

Brown said he purchased the fire extinguishers on Kijiji, but did not remember the name of the seller. Police told him the fire extinguishers were stolen property and seized them as evidence, he said. Edmonton police declined to comment, saying the matter is before the courts.

jwakefield@postmedia.com