“Tell me what happened, don’t leave anything out.”
The crime boss wanted Bradley Streiling to tell him everything about the death of two-year-old Noah Cownden, Streiling’s stepson.
Streiling began, haltingly, to recount how Noah had slipped from the bathtub at his family’s Victoria, B.C., home five years earlier.
Then, as a hidden microphone recorded, Streiling’s confession:
Filled with rage, he gave the boy a push. “I held him basically by the upper neck, lower jaw…and just hit him down a couple times.” The boy’s “eyes glossed over, and he…kind of made a wheezing sound and never woke up again.”
The crime boss was actually an undercover Mountie who had just reached the culmination of a nearly five-month-long sting. Police believed that Streiling, 29, had bashed Noah’s head against the floor, causing the little boy’s brain to bleed and swell so much that oxygen couldn’t reach it.
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