Nova Scotia RCMP have laid second-degree murder charges in the death of an Indigenous woman from the We’koqma’q First Nation.

Dwight Austin Isadore has been arrested and charged with the death of 22-year-old Cassidy Bernard, who was found in her home on the Cape Breton reserve on Oct. 24, 2018.

Her twin five-and-a-half-month-old girls were found suffering from dehydration in a crib next to their mother.

Isadore, the father of the children, also faces two charges of abandoning a child. He was scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court this morning.

The RCMP announced the charges at a press conference Tuesday on the We’koqma’q First Nation.

More than 50 people from the community were in the room to attend the press conference.

The Mounties don’t expect any more arrests to be made in the case and said their officers are appreciative of the continued support of Cassidy’s family.

“We are very pleased to share this outcome with Cassidy’s family. This is what we have been working towards”, says Sgt. Glenn Bonvie, the acting officer in charge of the Nova Scotia RCMP Major Crimes Unit.

“Our hope is that today is a step forward in the healing process for the family and the entire community.”

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